Unlawful native vegetation clearing results in enforceable undertaking for landholder

A landholder in the Collarenebri area has entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water following the unlawful clearing of 534 hectares of native vegetation on their property.

Coolibah (Eucalyptus coolabah) woodland in the Macquarie Marshes

Under the enforceable undertaking, the landholder is required to:

  • enter into an in-perpetuity conservation agreement with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust for 654 hectares of land
  • commit to restoring the cleared areas of land in the conservation area
  • engage an accredited ecologist to monitor the land on an ongoing basis
  • pay $300,000 to the department to support actions that help conserve threatened species and communities impacted by the clearing
  • pay $50,000 to cover the legal and investigative costs.

The enforceable undertaking will protect endangered Coolibah-Black Box Woodland from clearing on that site in perpetuity.

Landholders are strongly encouraged to contact Local Land Services for advice before they start any land management activities.

Local Land Services is there to help the community understand their land management options and obligations. Local Land Services also supports landholders in managing their land in a productive way while also protecting the natural environment.

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