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Native Vegetation: An Update

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Board members, as far as practicable, must reside in the area of operations of the authority. An authority is subject to the control and direction of the Minister.

The Combined Catchment Management Authorities Annual Report describes the responsibilities of the Authorities as follows:

9 Plans o Integration of existing catchment, water, native vegetation and other natural resource management plans into a Catchment Action Plan; o Manage community involvement in preparation of water sharing and groundwater plans. On Ground Works o For example, river rehabilitation, native vegetation management, salinity programs and projects. Community Education and Support o Provision of advice and support to stakeholders and community; o Aboriginal consultation on Catchment Action Plans, natural resource programs and investment strategies; o Provision of community education and capacity building; o Technical advice on vegetation management, soil and land management, riparian management and other natural resource management issues. Investment o Implementation of Catchment Action Plans; o Development of investment strategies; o Native vegetation management fund; o Approved National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality and Natural Heritage Trust 2 programs; o Delivery of incentives through Property Vegetation Plans and other mechanisms. Property Vegetation Plans and Consent o Certify property vegetation plans for establishing continuing uses and delivery of incentive payments; o Assessment of all vegetation consents under the Native Vegetation Conservation Act 2003.

The 13 Catchment Management Authority Boards are:

Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority Central West Catchment Management Authority Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority Lachlan Catchment Management Authority Lower Murray-Darling Catchment Management Authority Murray Catchment Management Authority

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Combined NSW Catchment Management Authorities, Annual Report 2003/04. Volume 1: CMA Activities and Achievements, at 3.

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