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Roads and Bridges

Roads and Bridges - Most of the regularly used road network throughout the Council area is managed and maintained by Council. Council maintains the road pavement, kerb and channel and footpaths within its townships, and open drains in rural areas. Roadside grass in the rural areas is periodically slashed by Council. In village areas Council relies upon residents maintaining their own nature strip. Council is responsible for maintaining all bridges within its own road network; this includes over 200 structures. Council also provides and maintains road name signs and some tourism direction signs.

Note: The Department of State Growth manages and maintains the following main state roads and bridges within the Meander Valley municipality: Bass Highway, Meander Valley Road, Birralee Road, Highland Lakes Road, Mole Creek Road and Liena Road up to Mersey Forest Road. Foresty Tasmania and Hydro maintain all roads south of Liena.

Contact details for enquiries to the Department of State Growth (Regional Office - North) are: 

Level 1 Cornwall Square Transit, 12-16 St John Street, Launceston, TAS 7250 Australia
PO Box 1186, Launceston, TAS 7250 Australia
Phone: (03) 6777 2808 Fax: (03) 6334 113 


Road Traffic Counts - To help Council better understand its road network traffic counters are installed at strategic locations along roads within the Meander Valley municipality. At the completion of the survey period (generally seven days) the data is downloaded into a report which can then be analysed. The reports can give a variety of information such as:

  • vehicle class type (truck, car, motorcycle)
  • speed matrix
  • number of vehicles counted in each direction of travel
  • average number of vehicles counted per day (AADT)
  • number of heavy vehicles counted.

The reports help Council to determine the number of vehicles using the section of road, what type of vehicles (the units can differentiate between cars and trucks) and their speed. This information helps with future planning and determining if there are any issues which require further investigation by Council.

Traffic Counts Overview (Nov 2017)(264 kb)




Working in the Road Reserve - The area outside your property is part of the road reserve and before carrying out any works within the road reserve you must obtain permission from the Council. This relates to activities such as putting in stormwater outlets, modifying driveways, planting trees or storing materials. Council has an obligation to ensure that any work within the road reservation is to an appropriate standard and that safety hazards are not created by works or storage of materials within the road reserve.

Urban Street and Rural Road Numbering - Council allocates urban street numbers and also numbers associated with the distance-based rural road addressing system. It is your responsibility to display the house or property number on the letter box or adjacent to the property gateway so it is clearly visible from the roadway for the purposes of emergency services and postal deliveries.


Roadside Spraying - Commencing 2 October 2017 for approx 14 days (weather dependent)

Roadside Shoulder Spraying Program

Council introduced a roadside shoulder spraying program in September 2014. This program now covers approximately 440 kilometres of the rural road network with treatment cycles scheduled in Autumn and Spring annually. Council engages a suitably qualified and licenced contractor to undertake this works in accordance with the relevant Act, Orders and Codes of Practice. The herbicides used are Roundup and Brush-off with the mixing and application rate used in accordance with the product Label of Use.

This program will specifically target vegetation growth adjacent to the road surface for a width of approximately 1.2 metres. This program is providing the following benefits:

1.  Improving visibility of the road edge and shoulder area – aids a safer exit from the road surface if circumstances require 
2.  Improving sight lines through corners and at property entrances otherwise blinded by vegetation
3.  Improving visibility of guideposts and signs at night or in poor weather conditions
4.  Improving visibility of roadside hazards such as culvert headwalls, drains and wildlife.

Since commencement of this program there has been a significant reduction of customer enquiries related to vegetation on rural roads plus new and improved road maintenance activities have been undertaken. This program is considered an integral component of our road network management plan.

Refer to the link below for a list of affected roads. If you have a query please contact Council on 6393 5300.

Refer to the link below for a list of affected roads. If you have a query please contact Council on 6393 5300.

Road Listing - Shoulder Spraying Program October 2017(39 kb)





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