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Roadside Conservation Committee

To coordinate and promote the conservation and effective management of rail and roadside vegetation for the benefit of the environment and the people of Western Australia.

The original Road Verge Conservation Committee, which operated between 1968 and 1983, was formed in response to community recognition of the importance of roadside vegetation, and became the Roadside Conservation Committee in 1985.

The Roadside Conservation Committee is comprised of members representing relevant agencies and the community. The Committee reports to the Minister for Environment (who appoints its members), and is chaired by a nominee from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Funding for a full-time executive officer is provided by DBCA and Main Roads Western Australia. The Roadside Conservation Committee executive is hosted by DBCA.

Its principal activities are to:

  • Publish material providing advice and guidance relevant to the management of roadside vegetation
  • Provide specific advice to road managers and the public
  • Coordinate relevant training for road managers and their staff
  • Coordinate inter-agency actions
  • Coordinate the Flora Road program
  • Produce maps of roadside vegetation conservation values.
Members (June 2017)
  • Dr Ken Atkins (Chair), Manager, Species and Communities Branch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Mr John Morrell, Environmental Advisor, Brookfield Rail
  • Mr Jeff Anderton, Conservation Council WA
  • Mr Rodney Safstrom, Land Use Planning and Sustainability, Agriculture and Food WA
  • Dr Anne Matthews, Senior Manager Clearing Regulation, Environment Regulation
  • Ms Rachael Parkes, Environmental Officer, Fire and Emergency Services
  • Ms Martine Schettema, Manager, Environment, Main Roads WA
  • Ms Nicole Matthews, Environment Policy Manager, WA Local Goverment Association
  • Cr Mike Norman, Councillor, City of Joondalup
  • Cr Glenice Batchelor, Councillor, Shire of Tammin
  • Ms Christine Jung, Environmental and Vegetation Management, Western Power Corporation
  • Prof. Kingsley Dixon, Wildflower Society of Western Australia
  • Mr John Blackledge, acting representateive ATCO Gas Australia


  • Mr Nick Casson, Executive Officer