Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

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Roadside Conservation Committee

The Roadside Conservation Commitee offers training in best practice management of vegetation in transport corridors. The program is tailored to meet the needs of land managers. 

The training will give land managers an understanding of:

  • the values of roadside vegetation to a range of stakeholders
  • the requirements of relevant legislation (the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and the Environmental Protection Act 1986)
  • how to minimise negative impacts of maintenance activities
  • the benefits of enhancing roadside vegetation as resources allow. 
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Training session
Photo © Mick Davis/Shire of Kalamunda

There are several core presentations and a number of optional presentations that can be selected as appropriate to the training group. There is also the possibility of new sessions being developed to meet a different need of the audience. 

Existing presentations include: 

  • The value of roadside vegetation (core presentation) -  Roadside Conservation Committee
    It outlines the importance and value of roadside vegetation. Retaining biodiversity is a basic reason to maintain roadside vegetation, but other reasons include landcare, cultural and aesthetic values. An overview of the Roadside Conservation Committee is also provided.
  • Vegetation clearing legislation and road reserves (core presentation) – Department of Environment Regulation
  • Best practice methods for pruning and clearing native vegetation (core presentation) – Main Roads Western Australia or Roadside Conservation Committee
  • Managing special environmental areas in road reserves - Roadside Conservation Committee
  • Dieback – prevention and management - Department of Parks and Wildlife or Roadside Conservation Committee
  • Fire management – Department of Fire and Emergency Services or Roadside Conservation Committee
  • Identification and management of roadside weeds – Department of Agriculture and Food
  • Native plant identification - Roadside Conservation Committee
  • Managing noise, dust, erosion and siltation – Main Roads Western Australia or Roadside Conservation Committee

The program usually consists of five or six presentations and a bus trip. The bus trip gives an opportunity to provoke questions, discuss issues, provide solutions and apply what was covered in the presentations. The roadsides to visit on this trip are selected by the local contact (e.g. works supervisor, NRM officer), and should have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • have recently had maintenance
  • have works planned
  • have high conservation value (e.g. next to a reserve, contains threatened flora, or found to be of high conservation value through Roadside Conservation Committee surveys)
  • are of community concern.

The training is offered free in recognition of the importance of land managers having access to this information. The group receiving the training is only asked to provide a venue, catering and a bus and driver for the bus trip. 

Please contact the Roadside Conservation Committee’s Executive Officer to discuss this training further.