Have your say on biodiversity reforms

The NSW Government will undertake one more round of public consultation before its improved and simpler land management reforms take effect.

Biodiversity, country landscape between Dubbo and Newcastle

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said the new system would provide strong environmental safeguards, while ensuring routine farm work was exempt from regulation.

“These landmark reforms will allow our farmers to produce the food and fibre that we need and increase their productivity, while also producing better outcomes for our environment,” Mr Blair said.

“I am proud we will very soon deliver on an election commitment we made to farmers to repeal the unfair and ineffective Native Vegetation Act.”

This package is the final stage of the NSW Government’s land management and biodiversity conservation reforms.

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the reforms were backed by an unprecedented investment of $100 million in the Saving Our Species program, as well as $240 million over five years, and $70 million each year after that, for private land conservation.

“These reforms also put in place strong protections for native plants and animals including threatened species,” Ms Upton said.

The regulations, codes and guidelines and other documents released for public comment are:

  • a draft principal Biodiversity Conservation Regulation and its supporting regulatory impact statement
  • a draft Local Land Services Amendment Regulation
  • a draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Biodiversity Conservation) Regulation
  • an Explanation of Intended Effects for a State Environmental Planning Policy (Vegetation)
  • a draft Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code
  • a draft Biodiversity Assessment Method
  • a draft Accreditation Scheme for the Application of the Biodiversity Assessment Method
  • an example of a Sensitive Biodiversity Values Land Map
  • draft guidance for considering serious and irreversible impacts
  • a draft offsets payment calculator and user manual.

Consultation closes on 21 June and the reforms will commence on 25 August 2017.

For more information, visit Land management and biodiversity conservation reforms.