Long Overdue Native Veg Reform Hits NSW Parliament
After waiting for over two decades, we congratulate the NSW Government for putting before Parliament its biodiversity reform Bills.
The reforms repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and lay the foundation for a fairer, more holistic and more strategic approach to native vegetation management in NSW.
The Association through its Conservation and Resource Management (CRM) Committee and Native Vegetation Working Group, has been working with the NSW Government to ensure that the proposed legislative reform addresses significant social and economic inequalities imposed on the farming community by the previous legislation. The Association has been seeking amendments to the draft reform package released in May 2016 which would allow farmers to manage the environment responsibly, whilst also getting on with the business of farming.
Minster for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, acknowledged today in his second reading speech, several significant concerns expressed by the Association pertaining to the draft Biodiversity package, particularly concerning maps, codes or practice (caps and set asides), biodiversity assessment methodologies and powers of entry investigation, and has given assurances that the NSW Government is committed to primary producers achieving worthwhile productivity gains from this reform, while being entrusted to halt the decline in biodiversity in NSW and implement positive gains for the biodiversity of the state.
We await with great anticipation the passing of this legislation in the coming week.
We will continue to work closely with the Government during the rollout of the legislation in 2017 to ensure that our issues are given proper consideration and that the legislation delivers real, positive outcomes for farmers.
It is expected that the new system will start in July 2017.
Government has provided information on the revised reform on this website: www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au
Members can also view the Bills currently before parliament here www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/Pages/current-bills.aspx
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with NSW Farmers. You can contact your Regional Services Manager, dial the Member Services Centre 1300 794 000 or email@example.com
For further information visit our Farmers 4 Land Reform website.