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Posted October 04, 2018 12:29:11The Australian Government is cracking down on grassland ecosystems that it considers to be ecologically vulnerable.
The Government has announced a number of new laws, including one that will allow landowners to apply for a special environmental protection zone (EPZ) to protect their greenbelt land from erosion, water pollution, and invasive species.
The new EPZ will be made up of a range of land management laws, which includes the National Parks and Wildlife Act, and the Wildlife Management Act.
These laws are supposed to be designed to protect “environmental, recreational, economic, and social values” in the land, but it’s not clear whether the EPZ laws will apply to the land currently under the management of the NSW Government.
While the EPB is intended to protect ecological and cultural values, it is also being used to enforce the laws that are being put into place.
It is also expected that the EPO will apply, as it does for other land management programs, such as the National Heritage Area.
The EPO is also a major piece of legislation that the NSW government is trying to implement, and it will be in effect until at least 2019.
The NSW government has already applied for the EPPZ, but there are a number reasons why it will not be available until 2019.
It will not have the necessary statutory approval from the National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA), the Australian Conservation Foundation, and a range, including the Australian Council for the Environment and Heritage.
It will also not be able to get a land use planning permit, which is required to set aside areas of land for biodiversity.
The Government says that the proposed EPZ is needed because the NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is struggling to find land to protect.
The EPA is currently working with the NSW Department of Planning and Planning (DSPP) to identify land suitable for the proposed new EPP.DSPS spokesman and former NSW Environment Minister Michael McCormack said that there are already large amounts of land that are already managed for biodiversity, but he also noted that the existing EPZ area is only a few hectares and that it will only be able “to protect a few” areas of the state.
The State Government has already announced a range and a number that will be used for the new EPO.
“The EPP is a way of ensuring that land managed for a range that is being developed will not become a new EP zone and it does not apply to any other areas that are currently managed for that purpose,” said McCormack.
“It is not a new environmental protection area and it’s a statutory protection area.”
The EPZ law also applies to all other areas of NSW land managed by the NSW EPA, which would include land that is already managed by an Australian Conservation Fund, a Natural Heritage Authority, or a Land Management Agency.
McCormack said the EPPA had previously considered applying for a similar land management zone, but “there was no land available in the EPZA area”.
“There was a real concern that the EPA would only be going after one area and we’re concerned that the amount of land already managed could be affected by that,” he said.
“We’re also concerned about the lack of consultation between the EPPO and the NSW DSPP and the EPA.”
It’s important to note that the EPPZ law applies to land that the State Government already owns, so it would only affect the land owned by the State government.
The proposed EPO law is expected to be introduced in July 2019, with the EPW legislation coming into effect in July 2020.
In a statement on its website, the NSW Environmental Protection Agency said the new law would help protect the environment in NSW by: “reducing the environmental damage caused by road and highway development” and “increasing access to natural resources”.
“We are currently in the process of planning and developing a draft EPZA in consultation with landowners, regional and State governments, Aboriginal communities and local communities,” the EPA said.
“Once this work is complete, the EPZI will be a statutory instrument for all NSW Government and State Government land management.”
It was not clear when the EPOB would be in place, or if the EPOA would apply.