Mowing and Roadside Maintenance
Who is responsible for mowing and slashing of roadsides in Tasmania?
The Department of State Growth, on behalf of the State Government, is responsible for the maintenance of roadsides on State roads. To find out which roads are State roads, see this map: http://maps.thelist.tas.gov.au/listmap/app/list/map?bookmarkId=93446.
Where a road belongs to a council it is the responsibility of that council to maintain its roadsides.
Roadside maintenance work includes tasks like mowing and slashing, litter collection, weed management, tree trimming and removal.
At what time of year does mowing and slashing occur?
Roadside mowing activities occur throughout the year and will depend on:
- Where the road is
- Whether the weather is favourable
- Whether an emergency event has occurred meaning the contractors need to work on other tasks in response to the emergency
Mowing activities increase in Spring in readiness for the Summer period. The first cut of the season targets fire prevention.
Mowing is scheduled for a period of time - for example, to occur in a particular month - not for a specific date in that month. The schedule is planned in this way to ensure the maximum amount of flexibility is available in case other unplanned events and activities need to be completed or vegetation growth patterns change.
How often are the roadsides on State roads mowed?
This will depend on the type of mowing to be completed which is based on where the road is.
There are three different mowing categories for State roads:
- Type A: Mowing is completed three to seven times per year
- Type B: Mowing is completed two to four times per year
- Type C: Mowing is completed one to two times per year, (except for those sites nominated to be cut every second year).
It is not physically or financially possible for all roadsides to be mowed at the same frequency. The mowing program must be highly prioritised so that funds can be used to ensure value for money. This means that mowing may occur more often in some areas than others.
Can I or a group of volunteers or friends do extra mowing and pick up rubbish on the side of a State road?
It is the Department’s clear duty and highest priority to ensure the safety of any member of the public who may wish to perform work on the State road reserve.
Given the potential mix of fast moving traffic and volunteers undertaking work in the road reservation, the risk to all involved is considered too high and so this type of roadside maintenance must be left to the Department to perform. However, if you feel that the appropriate mowing and roadside maintenance has not been carried out please call us on the relevant maintenance number on the Contact Us page.
Is tree trimming done automatically when roadsides are mowed?
No. Tree trimming may be completed at the same time as roadside mowing but not always. Separate tree trimming activities may be planned throughout the year. Regular inspections are conducted throughout the year to identify problem trees. Trees that pose a risk to the public will be treated as a priority.
What happens if the trees are considered heritage trees?
If there is a need to remove or trim trees or hedges with heritage values, the roadside maintenance contractors will seek advice from Departmental officers with heritage expertise. If a tree is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register or a local government planning scheme, the Department will seek advice and go through the relevant statutory approval processes.
While many old trees and hedges may not be heritage listed, the Department does understand their importance as part of Tasmania’s cultural landscape. Therefore, the values associated with these plantings are considered prior to any maintenance activity.
Sometimes public safety issues are so significant, the Department will have no choice but to remove heritage plantings. In these circumstances, it is considered important to minimise impacts on heritage values and replace trees where necessary.
Occasionally, roadside mowing schedules will change for a number of reasons including emergency events or changes in vegetation growth rates.
To report an emergency event on a State road, contact the Road and Bridge Emergencies line on 1300 139 933
If you need further information on roadside maintenance please contact email@example.com.
To report a maintenance issue on the State road network call 1300 139 933
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure you include; your name, preferred method of contact, location of issue and a description of the issue.