Statutory review of the native vegetation provisions of the Local Land Services Act

The Minister for Agriculture is required to carry out a five year statutory review of the native vegetation provisions contained in Part 5A and Schedule 5A and Schedule 5B of the Local Land Services Act 2013 .

Local Land Services is supporting the Minister to carry out the review, with the assistance of an independent expert advisory panel.

The review is taking place five years since the commencement of Part 5A and Schedule 5A and Schedule 5B of the Local Land Services Act 2013.

Read the terms of reference PDF, 73.73 KB for this review for more information.

What is the statutory review?

Under Section 212 of the Local Land Services Act 2013 the Minister is to review Part 5A and Schedule 5A and Schedule 5B (native vegetation provisions) of the Local Land Services Act 2013 and determine if the policy objectives of these provisions remain valid and whether they remain appropriate for securing the objectives of this part of the Act.

The objective of the native vegetation provisions in the Local Land Services Act 2013 is ‘to ensure the proper management of natural resources in the social, economic and environmental interests of the State, consistently with the principles of ecologically sustainable development’.

The review will be undertaken in three stages:

  1. appointing the independent expert advisory panel and developing a Discussion Paper
  2. engaging with stakeholders on the Discussion Paper, submissions analysis and draft review
  3. finalising the review, findings and recommendations.

Stage 1 of the review has been completed. Stage 2 of the review has commenced and we are now engaging with stakeholders on the Discussion Paper.

A report on the outcomes of this review will be tabled in NSW Parliament in August 2023.

The independent expert advisory panel

Local Land Services has appointed the following independent experts to support the statutory review.

  • Dr Neil Byron – chair and expert in agricultural/environmental policy and economics
  • Dr Sheridan Coakes – expert in social impact assessment
  • Dr Charlie Zammitt – expert in ecology of agricultural ecosystems
  • Jim Binney – expert in agricultural economics

Will there be consultation on the review?

Landholders, industry and environmental groups and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute to the statutory review process through the Discussion Paper.

The Discussion Paper is now on public exhibition. To make a submission, go to the Have Your Say platform. Submissions have been extended and will now close on Monday, 19 December 2022.

The outcomes of the consultation process will be provided in the final review report.

Enquiries about the review and public consultation can be sent to policy@lls.nsw.gov.au

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