Native Vegetation Act
The Native Vegetation Act 2003 sets a framework for:
Catchment Management Authorities administer the system which is based on voluntary agreements between landholders and CMAs called Property Vegetation Plans (PVPs). It is the most comprehensive and practically focussed system available in Australia and has the potential to lead to a revolution in the way we manage native vegetation across NSW.
$436 million has been directed to protect and restore landscapes, with at least $120 million of those funds earmarked to assist landholders improve native vegetation through PVPs.
On 13 September 2011, the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Robyn Parker MP, announced the commencement of the review of the regulations for the Native Vegetation Act 2003. This includes a review of the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005, the Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodology (EOAM) and the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (PNF Code).
The review is focused on:
The review is being conducted by the Office of Environment & Heritage in partnership with the Environment Protection Authority, Catchment Management Authorities, with input from the Department of Primary Industries. A draft of the proposed Native Vegetation Regulation, EOAM and PNF Code have been released for public consultation. Comments can be submitted until midnight Friday 24 August 2012.
The following regional information sessions will be held across the Namoi catchment in July to explain the proposed changes:
Alternatively you can register via phone by calling Kate Jones on 6742 9215
Feedback received at these meetings will be taken into consideration before deciding on the final changes to the Native Vegetation Regulation. The feedback recorded at both sessions will be available here for perusal.
What are PVPs?
A Property Vegetation Plan (PVP) is a voluntary but legally binding agreement between a landholder and the local Catchment Management Authority (CMA). A PVP may be required when applying for native vegetation incentive funding.
How will they help me?
Clearing that requires approval
Clearing remnant native vegetation or protected regrowth requires approval under the Native Vegetation Act 2003 unless the clearing is a permitted activity. Explanations of clearing, remnant vegetation, regrowth and protected regrowth are in Info Sheet 4 while details of all permitted activities are in Info Sheets 6 and 7.
Under the Native Vegetation Act your local CMA can only approve the clearing of remnant vegetation or protected regrowth when the clearing will improve or maintain environmental outcomes (see below).
How do I seek approval?
Where clearing does require approval, landholders may apply to their local CMA either to prepare a PVP or make an application for Development Consent. Your CMA can give you advice on the best option for your particular proposal.
How to get a PVP
Contact the Namoi CMA if you have a clearing proposal. An officer will contact you and arrange an onsite visit to discuss your proposal. The officer will work with you free of charge to help prepare a PVP.
For more information visit the NSW Government Native Vegetation Management website http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/nvmanagement.htm