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We do this to keep road users safe, make sure the State road network is working efficiently, reduce the threat of invasive weeds and preserve the natural beauty of our state.

We also do larger projects to upgrade our roads, and make them safer and more efficient. Find out what projects we are working on.

1Roadside trees and plants

Managing plants and trees near the road helps us make sure people have safe sight distances and enough space to travel safely. It also helps us manage invasive weeds and the risk of falling trees or branches.  We regularly audit roads to identify trees and other vegetation that could be dangerous to road users, and check any trees that people have reported to us.

When we asses a tree we look at a lot of different factors, including the safety of every one who uses the road, safe sight distances and the environmental and/or cultural significance of the trees. We then do the appropriate tree works to keep road users safe.

If you’ve seen a tree near a state road that is a risk to road users, please phone 1300 139 933.

Trees of environmental or heritage significance

Older and heritage trees are an important part of Tasmania’s identity, and trees provide important habitat for Tasmanian wildlife.

If a significant tree is assessed as a major risk to safety, we look at options such as preservation, trimming, relocation or planting replacement trees before any decision is made to remove the tree.

Invasive species

If we find weeds near the road, we may work with other groups to manage them under the Weed Management Act 1999.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment maintains a list of weeds declared under the Act.

Find out more about how we manage weeds here: Managing our environment.

2Rubbish collection

We regularly inspect every road on the State road network for any problems that need to be fixed. These inspections help us spot litter quickly, and remove it from the roadside.

On our busier roads we have regular rubbish collections. During these our contractor will pick up any litter and debris that can be seen from a standard four wheel drive anywhere on the road. We also do extra collections when they are needed, for example if someone calls and reports litter on the side of the road.

On our quieter roads, we do litter collections when they are needed. Usually this is after litter is spotted during the regular road inspections.

Did you know you can report roadside litter to us on 1300 139 933.

3Mowing

We have a regular mowing program to control the growth of grass, small trees and weeds near the road. The program operates year round, but ramps up in spring each year as rain and warmer weather causes the grass to grow.

Working very closely with the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) we make sure that areas with a high risk of fire are well maintained. If we get advice from the TFS about a particular stretch of road, we will work with them to address their concerns and manage the risk of fire.

Why do we mow?

Mowing and controlling grass, weeds and small trees by the roadside helps:

  • make sure vehicles have enough room to travel safely
  • drivers to see safe distances in front of and behind them
  • reduce the risk of falling trees or branches
  • manage weeds
  • reduce the risk of fire spreading.

4Roads and road shoulders

We regularly inspect every road on the State road network, to check for any problems that need to be fixed.

During these inspections potholes, cracks or other problems with the road surface and road shoulder are logged and added to our schedule of work. The most urgent problems are fixed first.

We try to give everyone enough notice by listing all our planned roadworks for the next two weeks in the Roadworks Roundup, which is published every Monday morning.

Some of the works we carry out on our roads are:

  • repairing cracks or potholes on the road
  • grading the road shoulders, to keep them level and safe
  • adding or fixing safety barriers at the sides and centre of the road
  • re-painting faded line marking
  • resurfacing sealed roads
  • adding new gravel to dirt roads, smoothing and compacting it.