The small amount of roadside remnant remaining from historical clearing for agriculture and settlement is a treasure trove of
threatened plant communities and species, and often part of vital biolinks (see for example the Campaspe - Maribyrnong Headwaters
Biolink project) N&DLG is involved in.
NDLG's Roadside Management Group (aka "the Weedies") since 2006 has actively mapped levels of weed infestation for the Council database, run workshops and talks, organised cut and paint sessions on roadside weeds, and lobbied Council on issues to do with roadside vegetation management. They meet bi-monthly, contact is convenor Sue Massie
On June 29 2016 Federal MHR Lisa Chesters and State MLA Mary-Anne Thomas visited Newham to view some of our very special road reserves and heard our concerns about their preservation. Following a guided drive they met Landcare members from districts in the Macedon Ranges at the Newham Hall for discussion, questions and viewing a display of maps and posters. See the report in Macedon Ranges Guardian, 6 Feb 2016
Macedon Ranges Shire Council is preparing a Roadsides Management Plan during 2016-17, and NDLG is having continuing input. More details on the Shire's Fact Sheet
NDLG's submissions to the RMP include:
On June 15 2017 Alice Aid and Helen Scott presented to a Landcare Professionals Forum of Victorian district co-ordinators on the topic "Getting Local Government to lift its game in managing roadsides". "After noting damaged roadside vegetation in its Macedon to Cobaw biolink, Newham and District Landcare set out to get Council to lift its game. An up-date on their approach, the results they are getting, and recent learning."
As a result Alice and Helen were asked to present again, to Riddells Creek AGM on 13 August, on "Can we save or rural roadsides? Lessons from the Newham Landcare Experience".
This topic was presented as a poster on display (sized A3) at North Central Regional Landcare Forum, 6-8 October 2017.
More to come with photos, projects...
Spring 2017 newsletter, published December 2017, has an article on roadside attacks on Chilean Needlegrass
Winter 2017 newsletter - article "Bushrangers on rural roadsides" p4-6
Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter - article on preserving Shelton's roadside, weeds
Autumn 2016 Newsletter - March 2016 - articles on the roadsides tour, climate change myths, Banksias, birds...
"Our Rural Roadsides" two page handout to meeting on 29 January 2016
Roadsides: protection of roadside remnant is a State-wide issue, by Penny Roberts 27/1/2016
Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter article "Rural Roadsides - a summary for 2015" p9-13
Autumn/Winter 2015 Newsletter article "Rural roadsides - conserving shared treasure" p4-6
Summer 2015 Newsletter articles on habitat values (tree and log hollows), environmental history, endangered roadside gems p3-7
Spring 2014 Newsletter article p3
Winter 2013 Newsletter article "Weedies at work" p4
Summer 2013 Newsletter article "The Weedies - NDLG's Roadside Management Group" p3-5
Submission to Macedon Ranges Shire Council 2015 for a Roadsides Management Plan, by Alice Aird and Helen Scott. Copy of submission
© Newham & District Landcare Group, Newham, Victoria, Australia 2007. Revised 2017.