The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils is supportive of initiatives to simplify regulations and to protect natural assets and amenity. Our shared experience reveals that for too long it has been simpler for land owners to clear native vegetation and pay the fine rather than working with Councils and Government to do the right thing. We hope that this review will make it simpler for land owners to protect native vegetation or adequately replace the native vegetation where clearing is approved.
We believe that the best approach to managing native vegetation clearing is to consider the issue in a holistic way and to reference the Bushfire Management Overlays (BMO) and clearing provisions. We have concerns that the BMO is being used to clear native vegetation and significant trees near to homes. The two documents should be read and applied in conjunction with each other.