Aef Supports Native Vegetation Law Overhaul

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The Australian Environment Foundation today backed the Senate Inquiry into Native

Vegetation Laws recommendation to establish a “balance between maximising

agricultural production and best practice conservation.”

The senate inquiry report released last week showed the unintended consequences

of native vegetation laws in both Queensland and New South Wales, which meant

landholders bear the full cost of native vegetation protection on their land on behalf of

the whole community.

“Clearly, in the evidence before the inquiry landholders have suffered many inequities

from the implementation of these laws” said Alex Stuart, chairman of the AEF.

“These laws in many cases have been disastrous for rural communities and the


“Government must work collaboratively with and reward landholders for protecting

vegetation, rather than the present system that punishes through regulation.”

“As we said at the inquiry ‘There seems to be a disconnect between the intent of

native vegetation laws and the clearly recognised need to assure confidence and

security in food production and the management of private land to produce good

environmental outcomes’.”

“These objectives should not be viewed as mutually exclusive.”

“Perverse outcomes have resulted from

thickening of Invasive Native Species

leading to less groundcover, less native flora and fauna and increased erosion” said

Mr Stuart.

The senate committee recognised that “the need for action across all jurisdictions in

relation to stewardship initiatives.  Toward this objective, it appreciates that a shift in

the approach away from regulation to that of stewardship implies reorienting the

focus of the relationship between landholder, land and government.” 

“We call on the Queensland and NSW governments to act on the inquiry

recommendations without delay and offer meaningful stewardship programs to

landholders to garner their support for protecting remnant native vegetation”

concluded Mr Stuart. 



Media Contact: Max Rheese 0428 621320

The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit, membership-based

environment organisation having no political affiliation.  The AEF is a different kind of

environment group, caring for both Australia & Australians.  Many of our members

are practical environmentalists –

people who actively use and also care for the

environment.  We accept that environmental protection and sustainable resource use

May 6th 2010 

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