Council's program for maintenance of road reserves in the District is classified Category 5.
Category 5 Bushland reserves including road reserves and bush car sites, have a medium presentation factor and a visual objective to maintain natural appearance.
In line with Council Policy 9.11 Roads and Streets - Slashing and Clearing of Verges, sealed roads throughout the district are slashed for a distance of 1.0 metre from the edge of the road seal. The main objective for this being to ensure visibility.
Due to current resources and budgetary constraints it is current Council practice not to slash the roadsides of unsealed roads. Also the roadsides of many of the unsealed roads are inaccessible to slashers due to steep embankments and rocks and debris which damage equipment.
If there is a house within 20 metres of the roadside verge, Council's Fire Prevention Officer can be requested to inspect the area in relation to fire hazard.
Category 5 bushland reserves and road reserves include the following maintenance:
Inspection: To be inspected every 30 days and tasks prioritised.
Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 bushland reserves. Inspect integrity of bushland or regeneration. Inspect every 30-60 days for weed invasion especially scheduled pest plants.
Pest Plants: Council reserves which are found to have "declared " pest plants should be treated in accordance with accepted practices.
Where the integrity of native vegetation will not be compromised spraying and slashing will be the preferred option provided that no damage is caused by machinery during access or egress. Once spraying has been undertaken follow up works must be undertaken to remove the dead vegetation.
Where native vegetation will be compromised the "cut and swab" method of eradication must be utilised. No chemical spraying shall be undertaken in vegetation sensitive areas. Consultation with Councils Environmental Resource Officer must be undertaken prior to the commencement of any works.
All work undertaken on pest plants should be in accordance with management plans prepared by the Mt Lofty Ranges Animal and Pest Plant Board and endorsed by Council in conjunction with management plans prepared by or on behalf of the Council.
Management plans are to include the target species, frequency and method of treatment to be utilised as well as a three year budget proposal for all reserves.
Reserves in this category are to include dedicated reserves and road reserves such as Bush for Life and Bushcare sites.
Mowing: Brushcutting of non sensitive areas (for bushfire protection two times per year, in October / late November.
Spraying: Spraying of invasive grasses/weeds as directed by the Environmental Resource Officer as required to maintain the integrity of the bushland.
Rubbish: Inspect every 30 days for rubbish and remove as directed or required.
Other: Revegetation practices as required or requested to be undertaken in the appropriate season.
- Removal of feral exotic weeds as directed by the Environmental Resource Officer but no more frequently than four times per year.
- Inspection of signage, fencing, walking trails to be undertaken four times per year.
- Placement of interpretive signs as directed or requested.
- Pruning of trees to ensure sufficient clearance for machinery.
The activities scheduled in Category 5 to be reviewed on an annual basis.
Should additional information be required please contact Horticultural Services at Council on 8391 7200.