The NSW Nationals in the state government have secured a major victory for farmers and primary producers despite fierce opposition.
Following months of negotiations, the NSW Nationals in the state government have announced that farmers across NSW will avoid the impacts of the Koala Planning Protection Policy, following a successful push by the NSW Nationals to separate the land management framework and Private Native Forestry (PNF) from the policy.
The victory means that farmers and primary producers can continue to carry out traditional farming practices without added layers of red and green tape.
This agreement has been reached to strike a balance between protecting core koala habitat and landholders’ property rights, ensuring hard-fought NSW Nationals policy wins will not be overridden by a planning instrument.
The decision will ensure that farmers in our state have the certainty and confidence to make long-term investments, both in their farming endeavours and to ensure improved biodiversity outcomes.
This was a NSW Nationals policy position, one that was hard-fought, but one which will deliver a positive outcome for the communities of regional NSW.