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Permit required for removal of roadside vegetation

Permit required for removal of roadside vegetation

Swan Hill Rural City Council would like to remind residents that a permit is required for the removal of any roadside vegetation.

Roadsides provide a vital link for most fauna populations, providing sheltered habitat, offering protection from predators and providing a range of food resources.

Council, as designated land manager of roadsides under the Local Government Act 1989, recognises the importance of sound roadside management practices for the protection of biodiversity, cultural and heritage values.

Council’s Director Development and Planning Adam McSwain said up to 93 per cent of original vegetation has been removed in the Mallee region.

“The roadside reserves represent a significant portion of the remaining vegetation within the Eastern Mallee Region,” Mr McSwain said.

“Poor management and illegal removal has reduced the biodiversity and the aesthetic values on roadsides.

“Vegetation not only assists with preventing soil erosion, but also provides windbreaks for stock and is a valuable source of quality indigenous seeds for local revegetation projects.

“To ensure the longevity and sustainability of our native vegetation, a permit must be obtained and offsets secured before removal.”

For more information on native vegetation removal and management, or to apply for a permit, contact Council’s Planning Department on 5036 2396.