Roadsides are a ready means for invasive plants and pest animals to spread throughout Victoria, threatening parks, forests and rural land asset values.

The $5.4 million Roadside Weeds and Pests Program (RWPP) assists the 56 councils across Victoria responsible for managing lengths of rural roadsides. These councils receive up to $75,000 a year to manage invasive plants and pests along rural roadsides.

2017-2019 Roadside Weeds and Pests Program allocations

The list of regionally prohibited, regionally controlled and restricted weeds and pests eligible for treatment under the RWPP is available at the Agriculture Victoria website

Funding requirements

To receive funding, eligible councils must produce a Roadside Weeds and Pests Control Plan.  These plans outline the agreed approach to be undertaken by each council and identification of weeds and pests to be treated, and must be endorsed by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Councils are required to report their progress against their plans and seek variations to the plan where required. Councils are required to undertake community consultation on their plans and make the plans available to the public and readily available on their website.

An template for the control plan is available to assist councils develop their plan in line with the eligible project activities.

Control Plan Template (DOCX 108KB)

Further information

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 72KB)
Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX 101KB)

For more information on the prevention, management and treatment of pests, diseases and weeds visit the Pests, Diseases and Weeds website

For more information on RWPP, please contact Local Government Victoria on:

(03) 9948 8538

Control Plan Assistance

Program ManagerRegionContactLocal Government Area 
Peter KennedyPort Phillip(03) 5366 0025, Casey, Melton, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Yarra Ranges, Hume, Wyndham
Ryan CookeBarwon South West

(03) 5226 4076

Colac Otway, Corangamite, Geelong, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast, Warrnambool
Ben PerryLoddon Mallee(03) 5430 4329, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mt Alexander,  Buloke, Mildura, Swan Hill
Mark FarrerGrampians(03) 5355 0532, Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack
Terry BarnardHume(02) 6043 7951, Indigo, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Benalla, Mansfield, Mitchell, Moira, Murrindindi,  Shepparton, Strathbogie
Peter KennedyEast Gippsland(03) 5366 0025 Gippsland, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe, South Gippsland, Wellington

Page last updated: 23/11/2018