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Have your say on new biodiversity legislation

Local Land Services is encouraging land managers in the Riverina and Murray regions to attend an information session in Wagga Wagga next week on the NSW Government’s new biodiversity reforms.

The details for the Wagga Wagga information session are:

Date:               Wednesday 18 May 2016
Time:               5.00pm to 7.30pm
Where:            Premier Room, Mercure Wagga Wagga, 1 Morgan Street

A draft Biodiversity Conservation Bill and Local Land Services Bill have been released for comment until 28 June.  This legislation and supporting materials can be viewed at https://www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au/

The 2014 Review of Biodiversity Legislation in NSW made 43 recommendations on how to minimise future biodiversity losses and transform native vegetation management.  The Biodiversity Reforms give effect to those recommendations.

The NSW Government has worked closely with landholders and other stakeholders to develop a strong, evidence-based environmental management system – the new NSW Biodiversity Conservation legislative framework.

The new framework gives land managers the tools and flexibility to manage and protect their land. Key elements of the reforms include:

  • Investing in conservation on private land
  • Simpler regulations that give responsibility to land managers and reward sustainable land management
  • Focusing on conserving biodiversity at a bioregional and State level - rather than at the site-by-site level
  • Ensuring any land clearing is assessed under one set of consistent rules

The NSW Government will also invest $100 million in the “Saving our Species” program and $240 million in a private land conservation program.

More information on the reforms is available at https://www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au/.