Residents and developers reminded to check before clearing vegetation
Lockyer Valley Regional Council is reminding residents and developers to ensure they are well-informed on the legal requirements for clearing vegetation and the importance of seeking the required approvals before work begins.
Council’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Michael Hagan said Council recognised the importance of protecting and enhancing our natural assets.
"One of the reasons the Lockyer Valley is so attractive to the many families who choose to live here is the wonderful natural environment, and it’s vital we all keep that in mind when planning something that might impact those assets.
“There is a range of native wildlife species facing shrinking habitat and the regulations in place are designed to reduce that impact, while still allowing for well-planned development to meet housing needs of families.
“Anyone planning to do any vegetation clearing must check with Council to ensure they are meeting all their legislative requirements and avoiding unnecessary environmental damage,” Cr Hagan said. In some circumstances, there may be overlapping State and Federal Government vegetation regulations.
Residents can confirm the necessary requirements by reviewing the Gatton Shire Planning Scheme or the Laidley Shire Planning Scheme, depending on their location within the region, and are encouraged to use Council’s interactive planning scheme mapping http://eplanning.lvrc.qld.gov.au/Pages/Plan/Map.aspx for further information.
The vegetation clearing requirements apply to all landowners and anyone carrying out vegetation clearing within our region, whether they are residential or commercial uses, Cr Hagan said.
“A pre-lodgement meeting, which is a free service, is a great way to assist with identifying the relevant information you need to provide with a development application.
“Council recently issued a Penalty Infringement Notice for more than $14,000 for the unlawful clearing of vegetation, whereas Development Application fees vary from $1825 (code assessable) and $3040 (impact assessable), showing that it is more cost-effective to do the right thing from the start.
“If members of the public have any information about vegetation damage that is potentially illegal, they can report it to Council on 1300 005 872,” Cr Hagan said.
For more information, contact Council on 1300 005 872 or email email@example.com.