Council is responsible for the local roads in our region. A road corridor is any part of the road or the roadside on made roads.
A road reserve is any part of the road or the roadside on made or unmade roads. That is, a parcel of land could be a road reserve whether it is an existing road, or one just marked for the future.
The primary purpose of corridor management is to permit conditional use of these areas, while ensuring a safe and efficient road network. We also manage road use permits and street lighting requests.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads is responsible for all state controlled roads. For a full list of state controlled roads, visit their website.
For further information on the matters listed below, contact council’s Technical Officer Corridor Management on 1300 242 686.
If you are building, altering, repairing or removing a vehicle access from your property to the road, across the footpath/kerb/road reserve, you need to obtain approval from council as council needs to ensure the works are to the correct specifications.
The construction and maintenance of the driveway or crossover is the responsibility of the owner of the property to which it provides access, even though it is outside the property.
Please complete the application form and send it and payment to council.
There are different fees for residential/rural and commercial access applications.
Council will process the application form and, if approved, provide standard drawings and conditions for the works.
Inspections are required pre and post construction.
There may be times you wish to apply to council to carry out works in the road reserve. Some examples are:
Complete the application form and send the form and payment (if required) to council for processing at least 30 days prior to commencement of the works.
Council will consider the request and advise you of the outcome of the application.
If your mining claim application or renewal includes a road reserve, you must submit the pro forma compensation agreement to council for approval, together with a map showing the location of the claim.
Refer to A guide to landholder compensation for mining claims and related access land in Queensland, published by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
Council will review the document and advise conditions regarding the road reserve.
You must apply for approval to erect election signs in council-controlled road corridors or areas.
Please submit the completed application and a map showing the requested location/s of the signs, together with payment of fees and bond.
Council is responsible for the control, care and management of all public roads within the local government area, including a number of rural roads.
However, when it comes to approved gates and grids on council’s rural road network, the responsibility for installation and ongoing maintenance shifts to the landholder.
Please refer to the fact sheet for information regarding your responsibilities when installing a grid and gate, or just gate, on CHRC controlled roads.
If you require access to road reserves to carry out works on behalf of utility companies or Aurizon, a notice for land access and authority must be made with council.
Your notice must include a brief description of the works, supported by plans, the proposed date of the works and, if required, traffic management plans.
Council will consider the request and advise if any roadworks are scheduled for the proposed period and any conditions for the works.
Permit requests are initiated through the portal on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.
Council assesses the requests in its role as road manager for local government controlled roads. Applicants only need to contact council when requesting clearance authority letters.
You must make a request for clearance authority letters in writing to council. You must include details of vehicles and routes so that council can consider road corridor impacts.
Where undertaking a notifiable road use, in accordance with the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014, you must forward your notification to council for processing.
The notice must be in accordance with Division 2 of the Act.
Council will respond to the notice advising of any conditions of use.
Council aims to develop a well-planned and affordable street lighting system for its communities.
Council pays monthly street lighting electricity accounts to Ergon Energy, as Ergon Energy currently owns and maintains the majority of street lights installed throughout the Central Highlands region.
Reporting a faulty street light
Did you know that you can directly report faulty street lights to Ergon Energy? Simply click on Ergon Energy’s self-service portal and fill in the required information.
Request for new street lights
Council will consider resident’s requests for additional street lights on local controlled roads.
Please contact council regarding your request and advising the address of where you would like the street light installed.
New installations are prioritised based on road user volumes and are subject to council’s funding availability.
In some situations, nearby residents will be consulted to identify if the additional street lighting is desired.
If council approves the request, we will notify you and will apply to Ergon Energy on your behalf.
Time frames include the design and approval of the lights, and we will keep you notified throughout the process.
You should direct any requests for new street lights on state-controlled roads to the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
You may wish to apply to council for the temporary closure of a road to hold a community event, school activity, etc.
If so, please complete the application form and send the form and payment to council for processing at least 10 days prior to the event.
Council will consider and advise you of the outcome of the application.
You may wish to apply for the permanent closure of a road or road reserve with the State Land Asset Management (SLAM) of the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. Click here for more information.
Council will be requested either by yourself or SLAM to advise if it approves the permanent closure. As part of its review, council will consider:
• Does the adjacent property owner have sufficient boundary with the road to comply with the requirements of the Land Act?
• Is the road reserve part of a stock route?
• Is there a permit to occupy over the road reserve? If yes, is the applicant the same person / company as the holder of the permit to occupy?
• Does the closure impact any adjoining property holders?
• Do adjoining properties have alternate access arrangements?
A report will be submitted to council’s General Meeting requesting a decision on the application. Please note that, generally, council will not endorse any permanent road closures within urban zoned areas.
Permits to occupy are managed by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. The policy and forms are on DNRME’s website.
If you are applying for a permit to occupy associated with a secondary use of state land, such as a reserve or a road, you must first discuss the application with council in its capacity as trustee of the reserve or road manager to determine authorisation of use. For this to occur, please forward your draft application to council, together with a map highlighting the area, so that we may start conducting our review. If supported, council will sign Part C and return it to you so you may lodge the application with the DNRME.
The DNRME ultimately assesses the application and notifies you of its decision.