Clearing Of Native Vegetation
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, ALL clearing of native vegetation requires a permit unless it is exempt. These regulations are imposed by the State and administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).
Under the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004, there are exemptions that allow for clearing of up to 1.5 metres of Crown Land along a fence line to provide access to construct or maintain a fence. However, it is a requirement that approval be sought from the Shire before any such clearing occurs.
This exemption does not apply within ESA's (Environmentally Sensitive Areas), ie any area within Declared Rare Fauna markers (yellow "hockey sticks").
We therefore ask that written permission be sought from the CEO prior to any clearing along road reserves. This can be done by email to speed up the process. We will then provide written permission to clear that you can show to DEC in case they choose to check on you.
Please contact David Vaughan on 9646 1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the road name, location number, starting point and the length of fence line to be cleared.
Attached is a fact sheet on clearing native vegetation for your information.
2012 Western Australian Environment Awards Winner
A dedicated group of Natural Resource Management Officers (NRMOs) from Shires across the Wheatbelt have been recognized for their hard work in delivering a 4 year Caring For Our Country funded Project, winning the 'Government Leading by Example' Award at the WA Environment Awards held recently.
The Project, Perennial Farming Systems Targeting Wind Erosion Within the North Eastern and Southern Wheatbelt Regions of WA, was also recognized as a finalist in two other categories, 'Environmental Sustainability' and 'Bush, Land and Waterways'.
The seventeen shires collaborated through the agreement of three separate Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC); Northern Eastern Wheatbelt Regional Organisation of Councils (NEWROC), Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (WEROC) and South East Avon Regional Organisation of Councils (SEAVROC).
The project targets Wheatbelt farmers to incorporate perennial systems into their agricultural enterprises to address wind erosion and environmental degradation issues and has provided 1,243,792 seedlings and 95ha of perennial pasture seed to re-vegetate a total area of 1,175ha of land.
Project Manager Lisa Clark said "The Project is a great example of how Natural Resource Management projects can be delivered across a large region encompassing a land area of over 3 million hectares".
"Providing an NRM service to farmers is becoming essential in our changing climate where the ongoing adoption of sustainable agricultural practices is vital to ensure the future of our farms" she said.
Although the project is in it's final year, the group have planned to continue to implement regional scale NRM Projects including a 6 year re-vegetation and pest control project across the Shires commencing next year, funded by the Federal Government's Biodiversity Fund.