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NSW EPA fines forestry contractor for multiple breaches

Media release: 14 January 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has issued a harvesting contractor two penalty notices totalling $6600 for logging offences on private property in the state’s north.

EPA Principal Forestry Manager Michael Hood said between 19 October and 25 November 2015 the contractor harvested trees on two properties in Hogarth Range, in northern NSW.

“The EPA has issued one penalty notice for conducting forestry operations in riparian exclusion zones, and another for operations conducted on property not covered by a current Private Native Forestry Property Vegetation Plan (PNF PVP),” Mr Hood said.

“The PNF Code of Practice prohibits clearing in riparian areas to prevent water pollution and to protect biodiversity.”

“It is also an offence to conduct private native forestry without an approved PNF PVP.”

“These are significant offences. Senior EPA officers made considerable efforts to advise the contractor of the requirements of the PNF Code and the laws around PNF PVPs.”

“It appears the contractor ignored this advice and broke the laws on more than one occasion.”

“These laws are important as they protect the environment and timber resources for the future.”

“Ignoring these laws harms the environment. The EPA will monitor this contractor closely to ensure they comply with forestry regulations in future.”

Penalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance, including formal warnings, licence conditions, notices and directions, mandatory audits, enforceable undertakings, legally binding pollution reduction programs and prosecutions.

For more information about the PNF Code visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/pnf/CodeofPractice.htm.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 14 January 2016