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Legislation to repeal Native Vegetation Act passes NSW Parliament

17 November 2016
Legislation has passed the NSW Parliament to implement a new and modern system to improve farm productivity and better protect biodiversity.

The NSW Government intends for the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 to commence in 2017.

The new legislation repeals the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and has been developed following a rigorous, transparent, scientific and evidence-based process.

The reforms:

  • implement the 43 recommendations of the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review, which the NSW Government commissioned in 2014, and drew on feedback received during an extensive consultation process with key stakeholders and the community
  • allow our farmers to get on with the job of becoming more efficient and productive, while improving biodiversity, which has and always will be a top priority.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the package of reforms contained strong environmental safeguards, including sensible limits on clearing, offset requirements and exclusions.

“This legislation is supported by a record investment of $240 million over five years in private land conservation, plus $70 million per year after that,” Mr Speakman said.

“This is in addition to $100 million for the Saving Our Species program.”

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