New era for native veg
CHAIR of the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA), Judy Henderson, has welcomed the announcement by the State Government that the new Native Vegetation Act 2003 regulations have been finalised.
The regulations will come into effect on December 1, following an announcement by NSW Natural Resources Minister Ian Macdonald.
Ms Henderson said the Northern Rivers CMA was ready to support landholders in understanding what the new rules mean for the management of their properties.
The new system balances the needs of landholders and the environment, is responsive to local conditions, gives greater certainty than in the past, and encourages revegetation and rehabilitation of land with native vegetation, she said.
"The Northern RiverS CMA will assist landholders to prepare property vegetation plans (PVPs) that will help run their businesses sustainably over the long-term by providing an agreed plan for managing native vegetation," she said.
"One of our major roles is to work with landholders to develop property vegetation plans both for incentives to protect native vegetation and for clearing applications requiring approval.
"We will also provide advice on the management of vegetation where CMA approval is not required.
"Once a property vegetation plan is agreed, we will continue to liaise with landholders to ensure that it is working well on the ground and to clarify any approval conditions."
The government has allocated $436million over four years that will go direct to farmers and other local groups to repair damaged rivers and restore over cleared landscapes.
Landholders who develop a PVP for their property may be eligible for incentive funds from the CMA to help restore or protect native vegetation, Ms Henderson said.
Landholders who have any questions about the Native Vegetation Act 2003 or the PVP process should visit www.northern.cma.nsw.gov.au http://www.northern.cma.nsw.gov.au/ or contact the Northern Rivers CMA on 6642 0622.