X hits on this document

111 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

15 / 36

Native Vegetation: An Update

7

The Group noted that there is no alternative to the regionalisation of natural resource

management. There should responsible for land, water, catchment authority should be

be one single authority in each major water catchment native vegetation and biodiversity conservation. Each run by a Board of experts, including experts in: running farm

businesses; water quality; should be answerable to observer capacity.

biodiversity conservation; and capacity building. These Boards the Minister. State agency officials should only attend in an

To finance these reforms, the Group noted that there were significant opportunities to re- allocate expenditure priorities under natural resource management programs.

The Wentworth Group’s plan for native vegetation was favourably received by the NSW Government. In the lead up to the 2003 State election, then Premier Bob Carr announced a $120 million plan to help farmers protect native vegetation. The plan included:

  • $120 million over four years to help farmers protect and replant native vegetation;

  • Cutting red tape by allowing farmers to prepare a voluntary 10 year property management plan that avoids land clearing regulations;

  • Fast tracking vegetation mapping to help farmers develop property management plants;

  • Ending confusion about what is considered native vegetation by setting clear definitions;

  • Reducing the number of State and regional committees and Government agencies responsible for land and water conservation.

The plan also included the formation of a Native Vegetation Reform Implementation Group. 8

3.0

THE NATIVE VEGETATION REFORM IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

The Implementation Group, chaired by the Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, published its report in October 2003. The Implementation Group comprised the following members:

  • Rob Anderson, NSW Farmers Association;

  • Jeff Angel, Total Environment Centre;

  • Peter Cosier, Wentworth Group;

  • Col Gellatly, Premier’s Department;

  • Glen Klatovsky, WWF (previously World Wide Fund for Nature);

  • Jonathan KcKeown, NSW Farmers Association;

  • John Pierce, Treasury;

  • Jennifer Westacott, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources;

  • Roger Wilkins, The Cabinet Office;

  • Mike Young, Wentworth Group.

8

“Premier Carr announces $120 million plan to help farmers protect native vegetation.” News Release, 15 March 2003.

Document info
Document views111
Page views111
Page last viewedSat Dec 10 14:03:15 UTC 2016
Pages36
Paragraphs835
Words11728

Comments