A REVIEW OF THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF ROADSIDE MANAGEMENT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

With funding for roadworks coming under greater scrutiny in many areas, there are competing priorities for resources within organisations responsible for roads. Consequently, there is a greater need to show the benefits of certain activities in both the long and short term. Roadside environmental management is one area of activity which is sometimes seen as expendable when money is short. This paper aims to give a review of the costs and benefits of environmental management for Main Roads Western Australia. Although dollar values are not easy to apply to some environmental benefits, the benefit still needs to be stated and explained. It is clear that there are significant economic benefits from roadside management. These are manifested in reduced road maintenance costs, advantages to adjoining landholders and tourism income, and can be broadly quantified. These benefits are offset by the relatively small costs of weed control and vegetationpreservation and rehabilitation. The preservation and enhancement of thenatural environment is a management objective which has numerous short- and long-term benefits for the road making organisation as well as the wider community and its value should not be underestimated. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 35-46

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00669828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM