Native vegetation Self Assessment Codes
The Minister for the Environment has released the first native vegetation self-assessable codes. The three codes are for:
1. clearing of invasive native species;
2. clearing of isolated paddock trees, and
3. thinning of native vegetation.
They can be found at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/
The codes include conditions on what native vegetation can and cannot be cleared. If clearing is consistent with one of these codes, a property vegetation plan is not required.
There are three new online tools to help landholder determine whether they can use the codes. They can be found at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/onlinetools.htm
Landholders using the codes are required to notify of their intention to clear 14 days before starting work. Notification is via a simple form with a map or an online notification tool.
More information on notification can be found at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/onlinetools.htm
Landholders can get help with the codes from their Local Land Services:http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/
Public submissions and summary report
The copies of public submissions on the exhibited draft codes are available at:http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nativevegetation/codesubmissions.htm
More than 500 submissions, including reports from the field demonstrations, were received during exhibition period March to May 2014. Submissions that were marked confidential were not included.
A report summarising the submissions can be found here:http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/nativeveg/140720DSubmissions.pdf
For more information about the native vegetation management please contact your nearest Local Land Services office or call 1300 795 299