NEWHAM & DISTRICT LANDCARE GROUP

Roadsides

Penny Roberts
03 54270795
PO Box 314
Woodend 3442

Helen Scott
0412 582 526

Alice Aird
03 5427 0156





Rural Roadsides

The small amount of roadside remnant remaining from historical clearing for agriculture and settlement is a treasure trove of threatened plant communities and species, and often part of vital biolinks (see for example the Campaspe - Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink project) N&DLG is involved in.

These remnants are being progressively lost by all the activities of disturbance eg road and drainage works and dumping of spoils, trenching for cables and pipes, repeated slashing and mowing, removal of understorey and ground litter habitat, introduction of weeds or monoculture species like Cypress etc - all outlined in documents listed below.

To appropriately manage the issues of road safety, fire control and biodiversity, it is vital that roads with remnant, diverse native vegetation are recognised, assessed, mapped and management plans formulated to protect them.

Ask yourself whether you value such roadsides, or even think about them, and whether it is worth preserving one of the distinguishing features of the beautiful area we live in.

NDLG's Roadside Management Group (aka "the Weedies") since 2006 has actively mapped levels of weed infestation for the Council database, run workshops and talks, organised cut and paint sessions on roadside weeds, and lobbied Council on issues to do with roadside vegetation management. They meet bi-monthly, contact is convenor Sue Massie

On June 29 2016 Federal MHR Lisa Chesters and State MLA Mary-Anne Thomas visited Newham to view some of our very special road reserves and heard our concerns about their preservation. Following a guided drive they met Landcare members from districts in the Macedon Ranges at the Newham Hall for discussion, questions and viewing a display of maps and posters. See the report in Macedon Ranges Guardian, 6 Feb 2016

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is preparing a Roadsides Management Plan during 2016-17, and NDLG is having continuing input. More details on the Shire's Fact Sheet

NDLG's submissions to the RMP include:

- a report commissioned and paid for by NDLG titled Flora Assessment of High Value Roadside Reserves in Newham, Victoria, by Karl Just, ecological consultant, January 2016. CLICK HERE for a PDF (4.39mb).

- a tour organised by us in November 2016 with the Council's Operations Department to discuss damage caused by roadworks and how practices may be improved,

- a further report commissioned from Karl Just titled Damaging Activities Threatening Significant Roadside Vegetation at Newham, Victoria, December 2016. CLICK HERE for a PDF (1.41mb).

On June 15 2017 Alice Aid and Helen Scott presented to a Landcare Professionals Forum of Victorian district co-ordinators on the topic "Getting Local Government to lift its game in managing roadsides". "After noting damaged roadside vegetation in its Macedon to Cobaw biolink, Newham and District Landcare set out to get Council to lift its game. An up-date on their approach, the results they are getting, and recent learning."

As a result Alice and Helen were asked to present again, to Riddells Creek AGM on 13 August, on "Can we save or rural roadsides? Lessons from the Newham Landcare Experience".

This topic was presented as a poster on display (sized A3) at North Central Regional Landcare Forum, 6-8 October 2017.

More to come with photos, projects...

Documents

Spring 2017 newsletter, published December 2017, has an article on roadside attacks on Chilean Needlegrass

Winter 2017 newsletter - article "Bushrangers on rural roadsides" p4-6

Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter - article on preserving Shelton's roadside, weeds

Autumn 2016 Newsletter - March 2016 - articles on the roadsides tour, climate change myths, Banksias, birds...

"Our Rural Roadsides" two page handout to meeting on 29 January 2016

Roadsides: protection of roadside remnant is a State-wide issue, by Penny Roberts 27/1/2016

Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter article "Rural Roadsides - a summary for 2015" p9-13

Autumn/Winter 2015 Newsletter article "Rural roadsides - conserving shared treasure" p4-6

Summer 2015 Newsletter articles on habitat values (tree and log hollows), environmental history, endangered roadside gems p3-7

Spring 2014 Newsletter article p3

Winter 2013 Newsletter article "Weedies at work" p4

Summer 2013 Newsletter article "The Weedies - NDLG's Roadside Management Group" p3-5

Submission to Macedon Ranges Shire Council 2015 for a Roadsides Management Plan, by Alice Aird and Helen Scott. Copy of submission
and attachment - Aird handout to Councillors 1 April 2015, "Rural roadsides in the Macedon Ranges: death by a thousand cuts". Copy of handout PDF 3.9MB


Posters

Roadside Conservation Poster 2005

AGM insert 2015 on Rural roadsides

Invitation to talk on Roadsides "Conserving shared treasure", 24 July 2015