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protect remaining native vegetation, especially along the coast.13

4.6

The Natural Resources Advisory Council

Although with no formal legislative backing, the Natural Resources Advisory Council of

NSW (NRAC) was established by the Government as

management

reforms.

The

Council

is

the

single

part of forum

its suite of natural resource for stakeholder advice to

government on natural resources body reporting to the Minister for

management and land use issues. It is an independent Natural Resources and the Rural and Natural Resources

Standing Committee of Cabinet. appointment of Ms Linda Burney

In September 2004, the Government announced MP as the Minister’s independent Convenor of

the the

Council.

NRAC comprises 27 members representing a broad range of natural resource management stakeholders including State and local government, forestry, fishing, farming, environmental, Aboriginal, union and industry sectors. Of the 27 members, five are from government departments. NRAC’s principal functions are to:

  • provide the Government with policy advice on sustainable natural resource management and economic development in NSW;

  • assist the Government to prioritise resources and strategies to promote sustainable natural resource management in NSW;

  • strategically oversee the policy and regulatory environment and the NRM legislative reforms in NSW;

  • acknowledge differences, facilitate common understanding and broker consensus between stakeholder representatives when necessary.

The Natural Resources Advisory Council has three Standing Committees that examine and identify issues and solutions specific to their members’ expertise. They are:

  • Coastal and Planning Standing Committee;

  • Sustainable Resource and Conservation Standing Committee;

  • Primary Industry and Economic Development Standing Committee.

5.0

THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES COMPLIANCE

POLICY

In 2002 the Audit Office of NSW released a performance review of the then Department of Land and Water Conservation in relation to native vegetation management. In regards to compliance and enforcement of the Native Vegetation Conservation Act, the audit found that the likelihood of breaches of the Act is high, and that the number of alleged breaches is steadily increasing. However, the Department’s compliance and enforcement efforts have been characterised by:

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Total Environment Centre, Land Clearing, see website: http://www.tec.org.au/index.php?option=com content&task=view&id=258&Itemid=301. Accessed April 2006.

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