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Announcement - Friday 2 August 2019

The NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) has listed the following two grassy woodlands as critically endangered ecological communities (CEECs) under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016:

  • Monaro Tableland Cool Temperate Grassy Woodland in the South Eastern Highlands Bioregion
  • Werriwa Tablelands Cool Temperate Grassy Woodland in the South Eastern Highlands and South East Corner Bioregions.

Usually, activities under the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 are not permitted on land containing CEECs, regardless of their condition. A limited range of allowable activities under the Local Land Services Act 2013, including sustainable grazing practices, are permitted on land containing CEECs.

Because the newly listed CEECs occur in productive areas already significantly degraded by a long history of agricultural use, the NSW Government has developed an approach to balance flexible land management, while conserving good condition areas of these two specific CEECs in the regions where they are most likely to occur.

For more information about these listings and the land management options available.

Announcement - Thursday 22 November 2018

Landowners, the forestry industry and the community can have their say on how private native forestry can be improved in NSW.

The review, part of the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap, will support development of new codes of practice, and the rules, regulations and approvals process of private native forestry. It will also guide development of training and advice services.

Local Land Services will lead the review in collaboration with the Environment Protection Authority and Department of Primary Industries.

The Private Native Forestry Review Terms of Reference were released today. Submissions close 31 January 2019.

Read Minister Toole's Media release. PDF, 151.33 KB

For more information about the review.

Announcement - Thursday 29 March 2018

From April 30, Local Land Services will assume responsibility for licensing and extension services for private native forestry as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to reform the sector.

Read more about the transition.

Announcement - Friday 9 March 2018

Today a new Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code has been re-made by the Minister for Primary Industries with the concurrence of the Minister for the Environment.

Landholders can be reassured the new Code is identical to the previous Code made in August 2017.

This decision follows the identification of a procedural defect in the making of the previous Code in August 2017.

The previous Code was the result of extensive stakeholder consultation and captures the intent of recommendations made by the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel.

The Code is effective from 10 March 2018 and strikes the right balance between sensible land management and a healthy environment for the people of NSW.

More information can be found here.