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Comments on vegetation open soon

LAND-HOLDERS will soon have a second opportunity to have a say about the native vegetation regulations when proposed amendments go on public exhibition soon.

The regulations support the Native Vegetation Act and deal with how it is applied. It is the regulations that are under review, not the Act itself.

Nimbin organic macadamia farmer Greg Bennett has already made a submission to the review, which commenced in September last year but plans to comment on the proposed amendments when they become available.

Mr Bennett said it was important that legislation existed to curtail what people did on the land, but felt there were prob- lems with the way the Act was regulated.

"If you didn't have it (the Act) you could have broadscale land clearing," he said.

"But I think the Act could be better and it could be more flexible and land-owners who have been affected must be compensated."

The Native Vegetation Act regulates the clearing of native vegetation in NSW and many farmers claim it has locked up their land.

A survey to gauge the feelings of land-holders about the way government regulates native vegetation will remain on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website until March 30.

The draft Native Vegetation Regulations will be on exhibition for at least 10 weeks soon and all interested parties will have the opportunity to comment.

To find out more visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/ReviewofNVRegulations.htm



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