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Reform of NSW Environmental Law

The NSW Government had introduced the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 (“the Bill”) to the NSW Parliament. This Bill will reform current environmental law and replace a number of Acts including:

  • the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995;
  • the Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001; and
  • parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman has described the Bill as aiming to “facilitate ecologically sustainable development while better conserving biodiversity across NSW”. The Environment Minister noted the positive impact he believes these reforms will have on NSW farmers, stating that “the legislation will finally rid regional NSW of the inequitable and unbalance Native Vegetation Act, and will replace it with a reform package that restores fairness for farmers.”

The Environmental Defenders Office NSW has raised concerns with the proposed environmental law changes, describing the Bill as a “serious retrograde step as it involves removing many of NSW’s long-held environmental protections.”

For more information on these environmental law changes see here.
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Changes to Coastal Management

The Department of Planning and Environment and proposed new planning law reforms related to coastal management. The new policy will involve the introduction of Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy, which will replace the three existing State Environmental Planning Policies that relate to coastal management in NSW.

These planning policy reforms will introduce four new coastal management areas:

  • coastal vulnerability area
  • coastal use area
  • coastal environment area
  • coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests area

The NSW Government believes that the four separate areas will “enable more targeted management of the diversity of environments and interests in the coast.”

Submissions on these new planning law reforms can be made up until 23 December 2016.

For more information see planning.nsw.gov.au/CoastalReform

Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, are planning lawyers in Western Sydney, and are able to advise in relation to all matters relating to environmental disputes and town planning. Call an expert planning solicitor in Parramatta today on 1800 300 308.