The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) in far north Queensland is recognized for its natural values of international significance, including rainforests, mangrove forests and eucalypt forests. It is one of the world's most diverse areas of animals and plants, and provides many records of how the earth has evolved. The area is protected under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Convention and the Commonwealth of Australia has been very committed to this agreement. Queensland Main Roads manages a significant road network within the WTWHA. Activities involved in the maintenance of this network have the potential to cause harm to the environment. Under legislation, such activities are to be governed by a code of practice (code). A code for the WTWHA road network was developed under extensive consultation with road maintenance engineers and work crews, with input from environmental specialists. The product is a field guide that demonstrates why and how Main Roads should undertake maintenance activities to minimize adverse environmental effects on this special area. Key features of the code include simple step-by-step instructions and maximum use of the graphical medium. The various maintenance activity instructions have also considered beneficial secondary effects, such as enhanced visual amenity for road users and visitors to area. The code assists the department to comply with the stringent requirements of legislation governing the area, achieve environmental protection, while providing a safe and efficient road network. This paper discusses these benefits and the process of developing the code.


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  • Accession Number: 00964437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 087659229X
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 24 2003 12:00AM