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Roads, Traffic and Footpaths

Alexandrina Council is responsible for over 530km of sealed roads and 770km of unsealed roads across a wide range of terrain from the high rainfall hills of Mount Compass and Kuitpo to the plains of Langhorne Creek and Milang. As well as roads, Council maintain a network of footpaths across all seven townships and a wide variety of bridges and major culverts.

Scheduled Works

Alexandrina Council is pleased to present our Scheduled Works Map below.
This tool allows the user to interact with Council's upcoming work schedule for capital works, tree trimming and street sweeping. The map will be updated quarterly and is subject to change.
Click here to view a full screen version of the Scheduled Works Map

Works map screen shot

Further information is provided below on Verg/Nature Strips, Tree Planting and Removals, as well as frequently asked questions and key documents related to these.

Advanced Notice - Road works - Victor Harbor and Goolwa Road Junction

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DPTI) have advised advanced notice of road works on the Victor Harbor and Goolwa Road Junction. The project will provide significant improvement to the safety on the road. Refer to the DPTI project location and pavement plan below.

As part of the National Black Spot & Targeted Road Safety state-wide program, the DPTI project will offset existing Left Turn Lane to improve sightline and signage improvements at the junction of Mount Compass to Goolwa Road intersection on the Victor Harbor Road. The Department will also be installing lighting at the intersection.

Weather permitting, the works are anticipated to occur in September 2020. For further information on the DPTI project visit

Verge / Nature Strip

Alexandrina Council encourages all residents to maintain their own verge in front of their property. Residents are encouraged to mow grassed areas and keep the area neat and tidy.
It is an offence to plant a tree, remove a tree or landscape the verge without approval from Council. If you wish to do this, an application to alter a verge is required to be submitted to Council. Download the form Application to Alter a Verge.

Tree Planting and Removals

Council is responsible for the management and maintenance of all trees on Council land, including those that have been planted by residents on Council verges.  Residents and ratepayers are not authorised to prune or remove trees on Council land without prior written approval from Council.

In rural areas, trees that are native to an area are afforded an additional layer of protection under the Native Vegetation Act and may not be pruned or removed without prior approval.

Council views tree removal as an action of last resort. In cases where there is no viable alternative to removal, a tree removal fee applies. Tree removal/replacement fees are charged in certain circumstances as per the Tree Management Procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q   I would like the tree on my verge/nature strip removed

A Council does not remove trees on Nature strips unless they are dead, unsafe or causing major infrastructure problems.

Q   I would like to plant trees/shrubs on Council verge/nature strip adjacent my property

A Council must be contacted prior to any planting occurring on Council land to assess the suitability of planting and plant species. The tree planting species list shows what species are suitable for different areas in the district.

Q   Can Council plant a tree on the verge/nature strip?

A   Yes, on request Council will provide 1 street tree per allotment and will maintain that tree for 12 months. Trees are planted in winter. Tree planting requests are put on a list and worked through until budgeted money is spent, then resume in the new financial year. It is possible to have to wait 2 or more years for a tree. This will be determined by the number of requests we receive in the future.

Q   Can Council prune vegetation on a path or roadside to improve vision or accessibility?

A Yes, these requests are given priority and will be attended to within 3 weeks of the request depending on the severity of the situation.

Q   Can Council come and mow my overgrown verge?

A No, Council does not provide this service to the community. Council can undertake verge spraying to eliminate verge vegetation if required.

Key Documents

Alexandrina Roadside Vegetation Management Plan 2016-2021

Footpath Masterplans(5428 kb)

Tree Management Policy(172 kb)

Tree Management Procedure(454 kb)

Application to Alter a Verge

Council Owned Trees - Assessment Removal Criteria

Unsealed Road Maintenance Plan

Unsealed Roads Register

Road Hierarchy Review Process

Unsealed Road Hierarchy