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The Implementation Group made 46 recommendations on how to implement the Government’s native vegetation policies. Principal recommendations included:
Establish a Natural Resources Commission to: recommend statewide environmental standards and targets; recommend certification of catchment plans; and conduct a statewide audit of outcomes and effectiveness at least every three years;
Establish a Natural Resources Advisory Council to provide a high level forum for stakeholder participation in natural resource management;
Establish Catchment Management Authorities to prepare and implement catchment plans to achieve a fully functioning and productive landscape capable of sustaining commercially viable agricultural production and the environment;
A new property vegetation plan system be developed.
In response, the Government introduced a suite of new bills to implement the new natural resource management regime. Legislation passed together in the second half of 2003 included:
Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003;
Natural Resources Commission Act 2003; and
Native Vegetation Management Act 2003.
Each of these Acts are reviewed below.
NEW NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LEGISLATION
The Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003
This Act repealed the Catchment Management Act 1989 and established boards of authority, which came into effect on 23 January 2004, for 13 catchment areas. The boards are responsible for involving regional communities in management of the natural resource management issues facing their region, and are the primary means for the delivery of funding from the NSW and Commonwealth Governments to help land managers improve
and restore the natural resources of the State.
The boards comprise between five and seven members who have skills and knowledge in the following areas:
environmental, social and economic analysis,
State and local government administration,
negotiation and consultation,