Landscape management problems or plant and animal control
Can I clear native vegetation that has become overabundant or to control declared plants and animals?
You can clear vegetation to control declared plants and animals or to manage native vegetation that has become overabundant.
What can I clear?
You can clear vegetation:
- for the control of declared plants and animals under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 where it is not possible to undertake the control without clearing native vegetation. Damage to native vegetation should be avoided where possible and clearing must be undertaken in compliance with the Native Vegetation Council’s (NVC’s) Guidelines for Clearance Associated with the Control of Plant and Animal Pests.
- for the purposes of managing native species that are affecting the health of other native species and natural resources. Species include: Acacia longifolia; common reeds (Phragmites australia) and bulrushes (Typha domingensis); bracken (Pteridium esculentum); box mistletoe (Amyema miquelii); western coastal wattle (Acacia cyclops); and water milfoil (Myriophyllum salsugineum) and associated water plants. Clearing must be undertaken in compliance with NVC’s Guidelines for Clearance of Native Vegetation causing Natural Resources Management Problems.
Does this include land under Heritage or Management Agreement?
Yes you can clear for this purpose on Heritage Agreement or Management Agreement land.
Do I need approval?
No you do not need to get approval.
What do I have to do?
- make sure that your clearing is within the parameters of this activity
- consider if there are other practical alternatives to clearing, including options that involve no clearing, or clearing vegetation that is less significant or more degraded
- notify the Native Vegetation Council via the Online Application Portal or by email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to clearing with the following details (a formal record of the notification will be provided to you):
- applicant/landowner information
- property details (section/hundred, allotment/plan)
- reason for clearance and how other alternatives for less or no clearance have been considered
- map of clearance area/photographs
- description of vegetation
- written permission of the landowner if you are acting on behalf of the landowner for any clearance activity.