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Roadsides & nature strips

Maintaining nature strips and roadsides

Nature strips provide a great buffer from our roadways to residential dwellings and also play a functional role in essential services such as water electricity, gas and phone/internet infrastructure.

We mow roadsides at intersections and high traffic areas to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. We also mow some roadsides around towns, shopping areas and tourist destinations.

We want your nature strip to be beautiful. The Nature strip and Roadside Guidelines (DOCX, 6MB) outline what you can do on your nature strip which looks good and is safe for the community.

Roadside slashing program

We have an annual roadside slashing program to reduce fire fuel and hazards on a large number of local roads.

Here is a detailed list (XLSX, 77KB) of roads and reserves on Council's roadside slashing program. 

The following main roads are maintained by VicRoads:

  • Melba Highway
  • Maroondah Highway
  • Warburton Highway including Warburton-Woods Point Road
  • Lilydale Monbulk Road
  • Wellington Road
  • Mt Dandenong Tourist Road (part)
  • Healesville Yarra Glen Road
  • Healesville Koo Wee Rup Road
  • Healesville Kinglake Road (most)
  • Seville Monbulk Road
  • Belgrave Gembrook Road
  • Emerald Monbulk Road
  • Belgrave Hallam Road (part)
  • Don Road, Healesville to Don Valley (most)
  • Yarra Junction – Noojee Road
  • Gembrook Launching Place Road

Please report any repair needs for the above listed roads to VicRoads.

Sections of these roads are managed by Council, particularly in townships. However, the vast majority of these roadsides are the responsibility of VicRoads.

Find more information on fire preparation.

Planting guidelines for nature strips and roadsides

Indigenous plants are preferred for nature strips and roadside reserves. Non invasive native plants are also better than exotic species. Environmental weeds (PDF, 7MB) should not be planted.

Check out the plant directory for a list of vegetation indigenous to your area.

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