Flexibility enhanced for vegetation management

CHANGES to the State Government’s roadside vegetation management will provide councils with greater decision-making powers regarding managing and removing regrowth.

New interim guidelines released by the Environment Department contain greater provisions for local councils, including permission to clear regrowth of up to 20 years.

The guidelines will allow councils and the state’s Transport Department to undertake the majority of their roadside vegetation maintenance without requiring any approval.

Where an approval is required, the process will be streamlined.

Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the management of roadside vegetation was an important issue for regional communities.

“Roadside vegetation presents particular challenges to local councils in regional South Australia,” Mr Speirs said.

“We must acknowledge native vegetation has a very important environmental role, but equally acknowledge the safety risks

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