Vegetation along all municipal controlled rural roads throughout the Yorke Peninsula is managed under the Roadside Vegetation Management Plan (RVMP).
The RVMP 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.
The safe movement of travelling public is a key requirement of roads and 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.
The Council’s Roadside Vegetation Management Plan:
- sets clear policies and guidelines for activities affecting roadsides
- provides a consistent, integrated approach to managing roadside vegetation;
- reduces potential Council liabilities; and
- provides a means for the Council to demonstrate due diligence in it.