HINDMARSH Shire Council will decide next week whether to resume roadside cropping.
A pilot program, allowing the community to cultivate crops along the side of one of the shire's widest roads, features in the council's draft roadside management strategy.
If the pilot plan is adopted, Hindmarsh Shire Council will allow roadside cropping on a small section of Minyip-Dimboola Road.
The pilot program will end in 2017.
In its draft roadside strategy, the council described roadside cropping as a community fundraising activity.
"Council will support a pilot program of roadside cropping on a five-chain road to assess the economic benefit that flows to shire-based community groups, as well as the impact on the environment, road user safety, pest and weed control and fire prevention," the draft strategy said.
A statement on the Hindmarsh Shire Council website said council intended to adopt the plan at its meeting next Wednesday.
Council chief executive Tony Doyle said the pilot arose from community feedback.
"There has been a lot of community feedback focusing on the benefits of roadside cropping," he said.
Mr Doyle said roadside cropping's fundraising potential had been a strong theme in the feedback.
But he could not say whether the community was overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal.
"I haven't seen all the community feedback as yet," Mr Doyle said.
"There has been feedback both ways."
He said the shire had tried to balance two responsibilities when formulating the roadside cropping pilot program 'its need to be good environmental managers with what has been a very clear message from our community'. Dimboola resident Michaela Fogarty has slammed the roadside cropping plan.
"I call upon Hindmarsh Shire to disregard the sham and unnecessary 'pilot scheme' and say no to the resumption of roadside cropping," she said.
Ms Fogarty suggested the council should continue revegetating the road instead.