David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Review of native vegetation clearing legislation

    18/06/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Environment Minister David Templeman today announced a review of the State’s native vegetation clearing legislation to vastly improve processes and environmental outcomes.

               

    The review will examine the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004, and those parts of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 that were introduced in 2004 and which make it an offence to clear native vegetation unless a permit is granted or an exemption applies.

     

    “Our population growth and past agricultural expansion has put enormous pressure on our environment, causing increased salinity and the loss of plants and animals through habitat destruction,” Mr Templeman said.

     

    “We now have more than 600 species threatened with extinction, including nearly 400 native plants, and it’s vital that we act now.

     

    “While Western Australia has a rapidly growing economy, we need to ensure that future generations can enjoy the lifestyle benefits of an environment that is healthy and robust.

     

    “I am confident that this review will look at how we can minimise the loss of our vital natural resources while ensuring we encourage the responsible developments that give our economy its life and strength.

     

    “It will also respond to the recommendations of the Auditor General’s report from last year and address the concerns of industry and local government about red tape.”

     

    The Minister said an independent review committee would be established to look at the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulation process and to make recommendations for any improvements.

     

    “The legislation and controls have been in place for nearly four years and in this time of very significant growth, it’s an appropriate opportunity to make any changes needed to help us achieve our objectives,” he said.

     

    “This review is yet another way the Carpenter Government is acting now for the future to ensure that we have the best and most efficient legislation in place to protect our vital natural resources, while also supporting the further development of our strong economy.” 

     

    The review committee is due report at the end of September.

     

    Further information is available at http://www.naturebase.net

     

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