The NSW Government has released its proposed Biodiversity
Conservation Reform Package (Package) including
drafts of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill (BC
Bill), the Local Land Services Amendment Bill
(LLS Bill) and other policies which will form the
legislative framework for biodiversity conservation and native
vegetation management in NSW. The Package is significant
because of the proposed replacement of long-standing pieces of
environmental legislation and substantial overhaul of biodiversity
law in NSW.
In December 2014, the NSW Independent Biodiversity Legislation
Review Panel released its final report on biodiversity and
conservation legislation which made a number of recommendations
which have largely been adopted in the Package.
The Package includes:
the BC Bill which proposes to repeal the Threatened Species
Conservation Act 1995 and the animal and plant provisions of
the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974;
a new framework under the LLS Bill for landholders to manage
land with native vegetation which proposes to repeal the Native
Vegetation Act 2003 and amend the Local Land Services Act
2013 in relation to native vegetation land management in rural
The NSW Government have invited comments on the Package until
the 28 June 2016. Further information can be
found on the NSW Government's 'Have Your
We will also be preparing a more detailed explanation of the
proposed changes and the effect of the Package.
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