Council votes to give up role in private native forestry approvals as state government ditches bill

By Miranda Saunders, Bruce MacKenzie, and Emma Rennie
ABC News, Australia
November 14, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: International

On the day the NSW government was forced into an embarrassing backdown over proposed changes to private native forestry approvals, a council on the state’s north coast has voted to give up the powers at the centre of the controversy.  Kyogle Council voted to scrap the dual approval process for native forestry on private land, leaving approvals entirely in the hands of Local Land Services (LLS).  “We’ve got a history in Kyogle of a strong timber industry, and the fact that it is still functioning today is a testament to generations past and present and how well they’re managing their land,” Mayor Kylie Thomas said.  “Why would we get in the way of that?”  …The meeting heard there were 133 private native forestry (PNF) plans in place across the Kyogle Shire which have been approved by the LLS but have not been put forward to the council.

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