The NSW Government have put out for comment its draft regulations for biodiversity and land conservation reform, and Eurobodalla shire mayor Liz Innes says the exhibition time is too short.
The deadline for public comment is June 21 and Cr Innes is calling on the relevant ministers to extend the submission deadline to at least 12 weeks.
“The exhibition package includes a large amount of information and the proposed changes are significant,” Cr Innes said.
“Six weeks is simply not enough time for council and our community to review the documentation and provide meaningful feedback.
“We’d also like to see the Native Vegetation Regulatory map that underpins the reforms available as part of this exhibition package.”
The mayor said she had written to the Environment and Primary Industries ministers and requested the deadline be extended, and asked the Bega MP Andrew Constance for support.
Six weeks is simply not enough time for council and our community to review the documentation- Liz Innes
“Eurobodalla’s landholders should not to miss this opportunity to make their feedback to the NSW Government about these important reforms,” Cr Innes said.
The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 were passed by the NSW Parliament in November 2016.
The new legislation would eventually repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 but could not come into effect until the regulations now on display were finalised.
Submissions and factsheets: landmanagement.nsw.gov.au
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