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Opportunity to provide feedback: 'Guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal' - Circular 51.12

To Chief Executive Officer
Environment Staff
Parks and Recreation Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Sustainability Officers
Date 17 December 2019
Contact Katherine Russell
Email: katherine.russell@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 14 February 2020
Summary The Commonwealth Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking feedback on the draft 'Guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal'. The Guide has been developed to assist landholders to determine if removing their paddock trees will need approval under national environmental law.

Paddock trees are isolated, scattered and small groups of trees which are a feature of agricultural landscapes across Australia.  They contribute to salinity mitigation, reduce erosion, help recycle nutrients and provide shade and shelter for stock.

In some circumstances, scattered trees contribute to the viability of threatened species populations in agricultural landscapes by providing important nesting, roosting and foraging habitat and maintaining connectivity between larger patches of vegetation.

There are circumstances when removing paddock trees is required for improving access and efficiency of farming operations.

State and territory governments have primary responsibility for the management of native vegetation, including paddock trees. In some circumstances national environmental law may also apply.

The draft Guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal has been developed to assist landholders to determine if removing their paddock trees will need approval under national environmental law.

The nationally protected species include some species of cockatoos, Southern Bent Wing bats and some parrot species.

 

Here is the link to the consultation:

 

https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/draft-guide-protected-species-impacted-paddock-tree-removal

 

Councils are encouraged to make a submission if this applies to you.  The LGA will not be making a submission.  

If you have any queries about this Circular, please contact:

 

Katherine Russell, Senior Policy Officer, LGA

katherine.russell@lga.sa.gov.au

tel: 8224 2067

 

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