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Review of Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations in Victoria

Draft biodiversity plan coupled with review of native vegetation clearing regulations

The Victorian Government has developed a 20 year draft biodiversity plan Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 aimed at halting the decline of biodiversity in the stateThis is coupled with the release of the Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations and review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

These reviews and draft plan herald a change in direction for the management of biodiversity in Victoria.

The draft biodiversity plan, Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036, sets out the overarching objectives for native vegetation and biodiversity management in Victoria. The goal is achieve an overall 'net gain' which can be described as an improvement in the overall extent and condition of native habitats.

The five key themes of the draft biodiversity plan include:

1. A healthy environment for healthy Victorians
2. Linking our society and economy to the environment
3. Investing together to protect our environment
4. Better, smarter management of our biodiversity
5. Biodiversity leadership across government.

Comments and submissions are being sought from the public until 15 May 2016 on the draft biodiversity plan Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036.

Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations

 

As part of ensuring native vegetation clearing regulations reasonably protect sensitive vegetation, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has released the Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations - Consultation Paper which outlines key issues identified during the first phase of the Review's consultation and 29 proposed improvements.

The proposed improvements broadly include:

1. Clarify that the primary focus of the regulations is to ensure avoidance of native vegetation removal where possible
2. Consolidate comprehensive policy guidance for native vegetation removal
3. Develop guidance to support strategic planning relating to native vegetation protection and management
4. Improve monitoring to determine if the regulations are achieving their objective and make this information publicly available.

Comments are also being sought regarding the proposed improvements to native vegetation clearing regulations until 29 April 2016.

Review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988


Input is also being sought in the development of a discussion paper about the review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. The Act is now over 28 years old and was designed to protect Victoria's native plants and animals. It is a key piece of legislation that will support the Government's draft biodiversity plan and the review and refresh will include key tools for protection of threatened species and their habitats.


To discuss the proposed changes and the possible impacts on or relevance to your project, please contact Ecology and Heritage Partners or call 1300 839 325.

Relevant links:
Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2036 draft plan and call for submissions 
Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations - Consultation Paper and call for submissions
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988








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