Free resource available to help protect our native vegetation

Published on 16 July 2018

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Mildura Rural City Council has two flyers available to inform the community of the requirements when considering the removal, destroying or lopping of native vegetation.

The easy-to-read flyers provide information on native vegetation clearing on both rural roadsides and private property.

Councillor for Environmental and Farming Sustainability Anthony Cirillo said the flyers were designed to be an educational resource, ultimately aimed at encouraging a cooperative approach between government and the community to minimise native vegetation clearing.

“Some residents may not be aware that even on their own property, there are certain steps they need to take before clearing, destroying or lopping any native vegetation, including contacting Council,” Cr Cirillo said.

“The overall aim is to strike the balance between protecting our native vegetation, but also providing residents with guidance in the event they may need to clear vegetation on their land.

“The same goes for rural roadsides, of which there are many in our region.”

Cr Cirillo said the flyers cover the rules and regulations surrounding the clearing of land and roadside areas and how to get approval in cases where native vegetation may need to be cleared.

“Each year we lose more of our native vegetation due to land clearing – to the point now where there is only about 20 per cent of native vegetation left on private land,” he said.

“These simple-to-read, clear and informative flyers are an easy way to keep informed, not only avoiding penalties for illegally clearing land, but ensuring residents do their part to protect our native vegetation.”

Targeted at land managers and the broader the community, the flyers are available at Council’s Madden Avenue and Deakin Avenue Service Centres, as well as on Council’s website at www.mildura.vic.gov.au by searching for ‘planning permit’.

For more information contact Council’s Environmental Sustainability Biodiversity Officer Joanne Robinson on (03) 5018 8100.

 

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