2019 NSW Linear Reserve Environmental Management Forum

Molino Stewart was engaged to organise the NSW Linear Reserve Environmental Management Forum hosted by the NSW Roadside Environment Committee, the theme of the forum was ‘Linear Reserves: Linking People, Nature and Infrastructure’.

The forum focused on the environmental management of linear reserves (roadsides, travelling stock reserves, rail corridors and utility easements) across NSW. The day included presentations by industry professionals and leading experts on improving practices and case studies on themes including; ‘Taking Stock’, ‘Systems and Data’, and ‘Innovation’.

Thanks to the cooperation of all our speakers, we have compiled the presentations given on the day, in hope that they will be a useful resource.

 

Setting the Scene for the Theme presentations

The forum was opened by NSW Roadside Environment Committee (REC) Chair Martin Driver with an acknowledgement of country and a brief summary of the role of the REC and the involved agencies and groups. The introduction was followed by the first keynote speaker  Dr Peter Spooner of Charles Sturt University. Peter is a leading researcher into the environmental history and management of linear reserves in Australia and spoke about the past, present and future directions of linear reserve management. The second keynote speaker was Mr Pat Connor, a civil engineer with a background in gas pipeline and road construction. Pat brought a wealth of practical knowledge to issues around roadside vegetation management.

All these presentations have been combined and can be found here

 

Improving Practices presentations

An overview of the current work, responsibilities and legislation involved in the environmental management of linear reserves across NSW was provided by speakers from various agencies and groups including: Garry Rodda (Local Land Services) who spoke about the Travelling Stock Reserves State-wide Plan of Management, Kirst McIntyre (Local Government NSW)who discussed Council roadside environmental management, Phil Blackmore (DPI) who spoke about implementing the Biosecurity Act, and Mitch Judd (Roads and Maritime Services) who talked about the role of RMS in the environmental management of roadsides.

All these presentations have been combined and can be found here

Concurrent session stream 1 presentations

Stream 1 - 'Taking Stock' included presentation from

  • Lloyd Van Der Wallen (RFS) on Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code
  • Julie Ravallion (RMS) on Future Directions for Nest Box Installations
  • Clare Kerr (BCT) on Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement and linear reserves, using conservation agreements as conditions of consent
  • Brett Hayward (Essential Energy) on Approach to biosecurity risk management/community engagement

All these presentations have been combined and can be found here

 

Concurrent session stream 2 presentations

Stream 2 - 'Systems and Data' included presentation from

  • Dr Kris Le Mottee (RMS) on Finding Roadkill Hotspots on State Roads
  • Ron Avery and Sten Christensen (DPIE) on Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) Services and Proposed Area of Interest tools
  • Nick Godfrey-Smith (ARTC) on Ecomapping project
  • Kathy Godfrey (LGNSW) on EcoRoadside App

All these presentations have been combined and can be found here

 

Concurrent session stream 3 presentations

Stream 3- 'Innovation' included presentation from

  • Cassie Thompson (RMS) on Managing Microbats on Bridges and Other Structures
  • Simon Holloway (Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council) on Using Drones for Environmental Assessments
  • Steve Wilson (Hunter Joint Organisation) and Kirily Sheridan (Port Stephens Council) on Council Natural Asset Management Project
  • Peter Davies (Macquarie University) on the Role of the road/street in vegetation management and biodiversity

All these presentations have been combined and can be found here

Forum participant feedback summary

Molino Stewart compiled a short report based on the feed back we received.
You can review it here