A NSW Opposition move to scrap the native vegetation laws which target illegal land clearing came under fire this week.
Murrumbidgee MP and shadow minister for natural resources, Adrian Piccoli, said the Opposition would scrap the native vegetation regulations if it wins power next month.
While launching the Oppositions native vegetation policy in Condobolin last weekend, Mr Piccoli said the Coalition would replace the vegetation laws with a more flexible approach that protected the needs of farmers and that catchment management authorities would be given the power to approve local land clearing applications.
But NSW Minister for Natural Resources Ian Macdonald said the promise to scrap the regulations was false and misleading as the legislation already catered to farmers and the Upper House would not pass any changes to the laws.
In the end, lets face it, the numbers for this Native Vegetation Act will remain intact in the Upper House after the election, so it will not be amended, he said. Its a false promise and a misleading one.
NSW Farmers Association president Jock Laurie welcomed the Oppositions policy saying it addressed its members concerns about the current legislation and would allow producers to deliver environmental outcomes while operating sustainable businesses.
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