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Environment Protection Authority

Termination notice issued to Mid-North Coast landowner to stop logging

Media release: 3 November 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has terminated a Mid-North Coast landowner’s logging approval after a series of environmental breaches.

The EPA terminated the landholder’s logging approval because he failed to have a Forest Operation Plan in place before logging operations started on a property at Copperabung, near Port Macquarie.

EPA Director Forestry, Michael Hood said Forest Operation Plans are vital because they set out how work should be undertaken and include measures to protect the environment.

“Unlawful logging, like we’ve seen in this case, risks both environmental protection and sustainability and it needs to stop," Mr Hood said.

“If there had been a Forest Operation Plan in place from the outset, we could have avoided the environmental impacts that resulted from this unlawful logging."

“A Forest Operation Plan is not only essential, it’s required by law. It clearly states where works can be undertaken and maps the location of areas and species that must be protected including older trees, native animals and streams.

The termination comes after the EPA issued three fines totalling $13,100 to a logging manager and his contractor who were working on the property.

The EPA commenced an investigation in June after officers noticed water pollution during a site inspection. As a result of this investigation, the logging manager and contractor received:

  • Two penalty notices totalling $6,600 for failing to have a Forest Operation Plan in place and for logging outside the approval area.
  • A $7,500 penalty notice for causing water pollution.

 The EPA will monitor the activities of the landholder, logging manager and contractor and if further breaches look likely to occur, will not hesitate to take further regulatory action.

The community plays an important role in protecting forests. If you have a concern about unlawful logging or knowledge of a particular incident, report it to the Environment Line on 131 555. Environment Line reports are confidential and can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information about the EPA’s role in regulating private native forestry in NSW visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/vegetation/nativeforestry.htm

Penalty notices and fines are just some of the regulatory tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance. For more information about other regulatory tools download a copy of the EPA’s Compliance Policy

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 23 November 2016