Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Codes Must Not Hinder Farming Management

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Codes Must Not Hinder Farming Management

Article excerpt

NSW Farmers recognise the steps forward the NSW Government has made by releasing codes and regulations that form part of its biodiversity reforms, but warns they are at risk of being too onerous for farmers.

In November 2016, the NSW Government passed legislation, repealing the Native Vegetation Act, replacing it with biodiversity reforms designed to improve environmental, social and economic outcomes on rural farming land.

NSW Farmers' Conservation and Resource Management Chair Mitchell Clapham has expressed concerns that some of the requirements in the Codes, released today, are wrapped up in too much red tape.

"Some of the requirements in the Codes are over prescriptive, for example, the Invasive Native Species Code should be permitted to improve the environmental condition of the landscape. Instead we see Codes riddled with red lights.

"Some of the Codes are a move towards a fairer system, however there are requirements in these Codes that are not supported by NSW Farmers. …

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