Cr Steve Cumming inspects roadside vegetation.WEED control and dangerous vegetation on roadsides will be a priority target under Corangamite Shire Council’s new rural management plan to be rolled out during the next 12 months.
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A 40-member stakeholder reference group drafted the plan along with people who attended public sessions and provided submissions.

Actions from the plan will include advocating to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) for clearer exemptions relating to roadside vegetation maintenance for road safety, investigating a permit system for roadside firewood collection, staff and community training in weed identification and control, review of local laws to extend roadside grazing period for one month and weed control.

Group chairman and coastal ward councillor, Steve Cumming, said it demonstrated the council’s leadership in sustainable practices, particularly improving roadside maintenance. “The plan will guide the management of local roadsides in the shire during the next four years,” Cr Cumming said.

“A range of roadside issues are addressed to ensure the council maintains a safe road network, fire prevention, weed control and protection of native vegetation. Council is now in the process of developing a program for implementing this plan with a number of actions planned for during the next 12 months.”

The stakeholder group included the DSE, VicRoads and CFA and 15 community representatives.

Copies of the plan are available from Corangamite Shire offices and its website.

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