NSW Farmers launches native vegetation survey

Native vegetation laws costs the state’s agriculture industry dearly in lost productivity and perverse environmental outcomes, NSW Farmers President Fiona Simson said today.

“It’s time to get some real government action in addressing the issue but unfortunately the latest self assessable codes released by the Office of Environment and Heritage are impractical and unworkable for our state’s largest group of environmental custodians - farmers,” she said.

Draft codes governing the management of invasive native species, isolated paddock trees as well as thinning operations had been released for public consultation and the NSW Government is seeking feedback on them before 26 May 2014.

“Despite the disappointment that many landholders will feel when reading through the codes, it is vitally important for farmers to have their say and make sure their voice is heard in this debate,” she said.

NSW Farmers launched its survey today ensuring farmers comments are captured in the association’s submission on the codes and reform of native vegetation.

Mrs Simson said: “If you are not happy – now is the time to let government know. Complete our survey and encourage others to do the same. We also strongly encourage as many affected landholders as possible to make submissions to government directly via the Office of Environment and Heritage website.”

“NSW Farmers is not proposing reform at the expense of environmental values - quite the opposite. We are advocating for truly balanced and reasonable native vegetation requirements and for recognition of the myriad of environmental works that farmers already undertake on a daily basis.”

Farmers can access NSW Farmers survey by visiting their website at nswfarmers.org.au or by clicking here.

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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