Why is roadside vegetation important?
Because of pressure from development and weed invasions, remnant vegetation types like Box Gum Grassy Woodland can owe their survival to being able to continue in patches and corridors along roadsides. If we don’t protect roadside vegetation, we may lose important vegetation communities altogether.
Box Gum Grassy Woodland
Box Gum Grassy Woodland used to thrive in the Albury area but now endangered. It is protected by state and federal legislation but remains under threat from well-intentioned tidying-up activities that spread weeds – like mowing, clearing native vegetation and removing dead wood and dead trees.
Significant roadside environment areas
We have put up Significant Roadside Environment Area signs to highlight places with significant conservation value. They may be significant because of native vegetation, animal habitat, geological importance, Aboriginal sites or historical landmarks.
The signs alert you to take special care and seek permission from us for any clearing, maintenance or road construction in the area. When you see a Significant Roadside Environment Area sign, please be extra aware of your impact on the roadside and keep an eye on what other people in the area are doing.
Help protect roadside vegetation
Things we can all do to help reduce threats to our significant vegetation include:
- not mowing, clearing or ‘tidying up’ roadside areas
- planting local native species in 20m–40m wide strips along your boundaries if you live next to roadside remnant vegetation
- recognising that these areas are valuable and are best left in their natural state.
- keeping an eye on the health of roadside vegetation and reporting to us any damaging activities such as illegal clearing, firewood collection and waste dumping