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Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203

"The objects of this Act are:

 

(a)  to encourage:

(i)   the proper management, development and conservation of natural and artificial resources, including agricultural land, natural areas, forests, minerals, water, cities, towns and villages for the purpose of promoting the social and economic welfare of the community and a better environment,

(ii)  the promotion and co-ordination of the orderly and economic use and development of land,

(iii)  the protection, provision and co-ordination of communication and utility services,

(iv)  the provision of land for public purposes,

(v)  the provision and co-ordination of community services and facilities, and

(vi)  the protection of the environment, including the protection and conservation of native animals and plants, including threatened species, populations and ecological communities, and their habitats, and

(vii) ecologically sustainable development, and

(viii) the provision and maintenance of affordable housing, and

 

(b)  to promote the sharing of the responsibility for environmental planning between the different levels of government in the State, and

 

(c)  to provide increased opportunity for public involvement and participation in environmental planning and assessment."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

 

 

Rural Fires Act 1997 No 65

"The objects of this Act are to provide:

 

(a)  for the prevention, mitigation and suppression of bush and other fires in local government areas (or parts of areas) and other parts of the State constituted as rural fire districts, and

 

(b)  for the co-ordination of bush fire fighting and bush fire prevention throughout the State, and

 

(c)  for the protection of persons from injury or death, and property from damage, arising from fires, and

 

(d)  for the protection of the environment by requiring certain activities referred to in paragraphs (a)(c) to be carried out having regard to the principles of ecologically sustainable development described in section 6 (2) of the Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 No 101

"The objects of this Act are as follows:

 

(a)  to conserve biological diversity and promote ecologically sustainable development, and

(b)  to prevent the extinction and promote the recovery of threatened species, populations and ecological communities, and

(c)  to protect the critical habitat of those threatened species, populations and ecological communities that are endangered, and

(d)  to eliminate or manage certain processes that threaten the survival or evolutionary development of threatened species, populations and ecological communities, and

(e)  to ensure that the impact of any action affecting threatened species, populations and ecological communities is properly assessed, and

(f)  to encourage the conservation of threatened species, populations and ecological communities by the adoption of measures involving co-operative management."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

"The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) protects the environment, particularly matters of National Environmental Significance. It streamlines national environmental assessment and approvals process, protects Australian biodiversity and integrates management of important natural and cultural places."

Extract from: Department of the Environment and Heritage website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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Water Management Act 2000 No 92

"The objects of this Act are to provide for the sustainable and integrated management of the water sources of the State for the benefit of both present and future generations and, in particular:

 

(a)  to apply the principles of ecologically sustainable development, and

(b)  to protect, enhance and restore water sources, their associated ecosystems, ecological processes and biological diversity and their water quality, and

(c)  to recognise and foster the significant social and economic benefits to the State that result from the sustainable and efficient use of water, including:

(i) benefits to the environment, and

(ii) benefits to urban communities, agriculture, fisheries, industry and recreation, and

(iii) benefits to culture and heritage, and

(iv) benefits to the Aboriginal people in relation to their spiritual, social, customary and economic use of land and water,

(d)  to recognise the role of the community, as a partner with government, in resolving issues relating to the management of water sources,

(e)  to provide for the orderly, efficient and equitable sharing of water from water sources,

(f)  to integrate the management of water sources with the management of other aspects of the environment, including the land, its soil, its native vegetation and its native fauna,

(g)  to encourage the sharing of responsibility for the sustainable and efficient use of water between the Government and water users,

(h)  to encourage best practice in the management and use of water."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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Native Vegetation Act 2003 No 103

"The objects of this Act are:

(a)  to provide for, encourage and promote the management of native vegetation on a regional basis in the social, economic and environmental interests of the State, and

(b)  to prevent broadscale clearing unless it improves or maintains environmental outcomes, and

(c)  to protect native vegetation of high conservation value having regard to its contribution to such matters as water quality, biodiversity, or the prevention of salinity or land degradation, and

(d)  to improve the condition of existing native vegetation, particularly where it has high conservation value, and

(e)  to encourage the revegetation of land, and the rehabilitation of land, with appropriate native vegetation, in accordance with the principles of ecologically sustainable development."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

The Native Vegetation Management in NSW site gives more information on this Act and its implementation.

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State Environmental Planning Policy No 44 - Koala Habitat Protection

"This Policy aims to encourage the proper conservation and management of areas of natural vegetation that provide habitat for koalas to ensure a permanent free-living population over their present range and reverse the current trend of koala population decline:

 

(a)  by requiring the preparation of plans of management before development consent can be granted in relation to areas of core koala habitat, and

 

(b)  by encouraging the identification of areas of core koala habitat, and

 

(c)  by encouraging the inclusion of areas of core koala habitat in environment protection zones."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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State Environmental Planning Policy No 19 - Bushland in Urban Areas

"2 Aims, objectives, etc.

 

(1)  The general aim of this Policy is to protect and preserve bushland within the urban areas referred to in Schedule 1 because of:

(a)  its value to the community as part of the natural heritage,

(b)  its aesthetic value, and

(c)  its value as a recreational, educational and scientific resource.

 

(2)  The specific aims of this policy are:

(a)  to protect the remnants of plant communities which were once characteristic of land now within an urban area,

(b)  to retain bushland in parcels of a size and configuration which will enable the existing plant and animal communities to survive in the long term,

(c)  to protect rare and endangered flora and fauna species,

(d)  to protect habitats for native flora and fauna,

(e)  to protect wildlife corridors and vegetation links with other nearby bushland,

(f)  to protect bushland as a natural stabiliser of the soil surface,

(g)  to protect bushland for its scenic values, and to retain the unique visual identity of the landscape,

(h)  to protect significant geological features,

(i)   to protect existing landforms, such as natural drainage lines, watercourses and foreshores,

(j)   to protect archaeological relics,

(k)  to protect the recreational potential of bushland,

(l)   to protect the educational potential of bushland,

(m) to maintain bushland in locations which are readily accessible to the community, and

(n)  to promote the management of bushland in a manner which protects and enhances the quality of the bushland and facilitates public enjoyment of the bushland compatible with its conservation."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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State Environmental Planning Policy No 55 - Remediation of Land

"2 Object of this Policy

 

(1)  The object of this Policy is to provide for a Statewide planning approach to the remediation of contaminated land.

 

(2)  In particular, this Policy aims to promote the remediation of contaminated land for the purpose of reducing the risk of harm to human health or any other aspect of the environment:

 

(a)  by specifying when consent is required, and when it is not required, for a remediation work, and

(b)  by specifying certain considerations that are relevant in rezoning land and in determining development applications in general and development applications for consent to carry out a remediation work in particular, and

(c)  by requiring that a remediation work meet certain standards and notification requirements."

Extract from: Government of New South Wales Legislation website, www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

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