Council has developed a Roadside Vegetation Management Plan to provide a basis for managing roadside vegetation along all municipal controlled rural roads throughout the Yorke Peninsula Council region.
Roadside trees and vegetation
The Roadside Vegetation Management Plan fulfils a legal requirement under the Native Vegetation Act 1991, which allows for clearance by a Local Council, or someone acting on behalf of the Local Council, where the clearance complies with a roadside management plan that has been approved by the Native Vegetation Council.
While the safe movement of travelling public is a key requirement of roads, and Local Councils have a responsibility to maintain adequate levels of safety and efficiency for drivers on Council owned roads, the Yorke Peninsula Council recognises that they also have a responsibility to retain and protect roadside vegetation wherever possible, as road reserves have become increasingly important for conservation reasons due to the removal of vegetation from adjoining land.
A copy of the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan can be downloaded using the link below, or may be obtained from any of the four Council offices.
Topics covered in the plan are:
- New roadworks clearance
- Roadside maintenance
- Public safety clearance
- Fenceline clearance
- Property access clearance
- Bushfire hazard reduction
- Grazing and mowing
- Protection of roadside vegetation of particular significance
- Restoration and revegetation on roadside reserves
- Removal of plant material
- Pest plant and animal control
Requests for roadside tree planting need to be submitted to Council in writing, giving full details of the proposal, for formal approval.
Tree trimming along roadsides is carried out on a regular basis in accordance with the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan to provide a safe corridor for road traffic.
For any enquiries regarding roadside tree trimming, please contact your nearest Council office.
To report emergencies related to fallen trees or limbs on roads and other road hazards, please contact your nearest Council office. Outside of normal business hours, please contact the After Hours Emergency phone on 08 8832 2999.
A regular maintenance programme is in place for trees and shrubs on footpaths and roadsides within townships.
Property owners wishing to plant trees on footpaths or reserves need to seek Council permission in writing, detailing the proposed species and location of trees. The proposal will be assessed and if accepted, approval given in writing.