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Brigalow and Nandewar IFOA

Brigalow and Nandewar western regional assessment

In 1999 the NSW Government initiated a regional assessment of western NSW to guide future planning and encourage partnerships to protect the environment. The Brigalow and Nandewar assessments were similar to the NSW forest agreements for coastal regions and reflected the National Forest Policy Statement, but also took into account the region's fragmented landscape. As well as considering forests, the assessment included studies of woodlands and rural areas.

The Government's Brigalow and Nandewar resource and conservation decision committed around 350,000 hectares of land in western NSW to extensive new conservation reserves and provided certainty for timber operations and timber-dependent communities across the region to 2025.

As a result of the Brigalow and Nandewar decision:

  • public lands containing high quality habitat for endangered species have been permanently protected in a community conservation area
  • three Community Conservation Advisory Committees have been established and are providing advice on a draft Community Conservation Area Agreement to guide management of the area
  • forests of cultural significance to Aboriginal people have been permanently protected and will be managed to support Aboriginal cultural heritage and cultural practices
  • the Brigalow and Nandewar Community Conservation Area Agreement, including an Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA), was finalised
  • up to 57,000 cubic metres of cypress pine per year will be available to the cypress industry operating in Brigalow and Nandewar as part of secure 20-year wood supply agreements and up to 2050 cubic metres of ironbark sawlogs and fencing will be available, along with other wood products such as firewood
  • the timber industry received long-term security of supply through 20-year wood supply agreements
  • an industry restructure program of around $48 million was provided to support businesses and workers exiting the timber industry; this program included business exit assistance, timber worker assistance and industry development assistance and was used, for example, to transition to cypress thinning and the construction of a new Visitor and Information Centre in Baradine
  • a capital works program enabled establishment of new parks and reserves, including a new parks office and workshop at Baradine.

Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for the Brigalow and Nandewar Region

To give effect to the Government's decision, the Environment Protection Authority, Forestry Corporation of NSW and the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries NSW) jointly developed an IFOA for the Brigalow Nandewar region.

The Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for Brigalow-Nandewar Region (PDF 1.8MB) commenced on 23 October 2010 and has effect up to and including 31 December 2025. The IFOA applies to land in zone 4 (forestry, recreation and mineral extraction) and other Crown-timber lands within the community conservation area. Note that this is a working document that has been compiled to include the amendments below and, as such, it is not an official IFOA consolidation.

Original approval and amendments to original approval

Original Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for Brigalow-Nandewar Region – issued in 2010 as granted (PDF 1.6MB)

Amendments to original approval

The following amendments have been made to the original approval:

  • Amendment 1 (PDF 21KB) commenced on 1 March 2013. The amendment introduced pollution incident reporting and management requirements consistent with the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
  • Amendment 2 (PDF 23KB) commenced on 15 April 2013. The amendment extends the date for transition to green firewood under the green firewood strategy for 3 years from 1 January 2013 to 1 January 2016. The firewood volumes specified in the IFOA are also being adjusted on a pro-rata basis to fit with the new deadline.
  • Amendment 3 (PDF 29KB) commenced on 1 July 2013. The Statement of Reasons (PDF 13KB) explains the rationale for the amendments.

More about the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for Brigalow-Nandewar region

Page last updated: 11 January 2017