FAQs and resources

The below information can benefit and help land holders in the region.

What can I clear on my land?

Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) is the regulatory body for the Native Vegetation (NV) Act. Under the NV Act, the CMA can approve the clearing of remnant native vegetation or protected regrowth. All clearing needs approval through a Property Vegetation Plan (PVP), unless it is on land that is excluded from the NV Act, categorised as excluded clearing, a permitted clearing activity.

I believe a tree is dangerous, what should I do?

A course of action will depend on the location of the tree. If the tree is on a road or public reserve, please lodge a works request.

If the tree is located on private land you must send your request in writing to Council preferably with a photo and map of the tree location. Depending on location and circumstances you may need to obtain an arborist report and lodge a Development Application.

I’m concerned there is a bush fire hazard on my property, what can I do?

Contact the Rural Fire Service to discuss your concerns. You must apply for and receive a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Certificate before starting any hazard reduction works, such as removing or burning vegetation.

Fires for the purpose of bush fire hazard reduction or agricultural activities may also require a Fire Safety Permit from the RFS in rural areas (1800 679 737), or Fire and Rescue NSW in urban areas.  

What is the benefit of planting trees?

Planting windbreaks can be a great addition to any property. They can help prevent soil erosion, protect crops from wind damage, provide shelter for livestock, increase biodiversity and reduce evaporation from dams. Planting trees along waterways is particularly valuable as wildlife habitat. Riparian strips have other important benefits such as protecting the waterways from excessive sediment and nutrients, and protecting the banks from erosion. Vegetation acts as a filter, trapping sediments and reducing pollution of the water from sprays and fertilizers.

If you live in town, planting trees happens to be a smart economic decision. Trees increase property values and can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs if placed carefully. They also help to reduce air pollution, improve soil and water quality, provide valuable habitat for local wildlife and shield living areas from noisy neighbours.