NSW is transitioning to a new way of managing and assessment proposals to clear native vegetation. The aim of the reforms is to enable effective agricultural land management and facilitate ecologically sustainable development outcomes. It is a risk based approach which encourages landholders to avoid and minimise any potential impacts on biodiversity. Impacts that cannot be avoided are required to be offset.
If your development proposal requires the clearing of native vegetation you must address the provisions of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act.
The following to is a useful tool to help you to determine the pathway for assessment under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Biodiversity assessment and approvals navigator- http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity-assessment-and-approvals-navigator
Biodiversity Values Map https://www.lmbc.nsw.gov.au/Maps/index.html?viewer=BVMap
Regulated Land Map http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity/regulatorymap.htm
Accredited assessors https://customer.lmbc.nsw.gov.au/assessment/AccreditedAssessor
Biodiversity Reforms http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/biodiversity/index.htm and https://www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au/
For clearing of native vegetation on rural land for development that doesn’t require development approval please contact ‘NSW Local Land Service’ 02 6491 7800 https://southeast.lls.nsw.gov.au/