Recently the State Government reviewed the regulations for clearing native vegetation.  For 10 years, the landscape and development industry has operated according to the ‘Net-Gain’ guidelines.  These have now been superseded.

So where does this leave the industry and what does it mean to you?

The article below provides a good starting point to understanding the new regulations.

Reforms to Victoria’s native vegetation permitted clearing regulations | Ecology & Heritage Partners

The Victorian Coalition Government has released reforms to regulations for the permitted clearing of native vegetation, which will replace Victoria’s Native Vegetation – A Framework for Action (the Framework) which has been in operation for over 10 years. The reforms follow last week’s announcement by the State Government of the release of the final Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Sub-regional Species Strategies for the Growling Grass Frog and Golden Sun Moth throughout Melbourne’s Growth Areas. The reforms do not affect Melbourne’s Strategic Impact Assessment and the details outlined in the Program Report.

The Hon Ryan Smith MP (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) stated that:

“The reforms we are announcing today will make the system easier to use for everyone – including local government planners – by creating a clearer and more efficient process for land managers and ensuring better and more targeted environmental outcomes for the state.”

Read more at Ecology and Heritage Partners, Latest News.