You have heard about the Banksias being listed as Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs), but did you know that Tuart dominated woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain are now nominated to become a TEC as well?
TECs are Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) – which is an additional hoop for projects to negotiate in the planning and permitting process.
Tuart woodlands could be listed as a TEC as soon as 2017. If you are planning a new development on the Swan Coastal Plain you need to consider your potential impacts to Tuart woodlands now to minimise your constraints in the future.
Key industries that will be impacted if Tuart woodlands are listed as TECs include:
- Land development;
- Onshore oil and gas;
- Intensive agriculture; and
Planned actions involving the clearing of Tuarts don’t currently require an EPBC referral but this may change as soon as early next year. This means that offsets may be required to obtain approval to clear Tuarts in the future. It is critical that the implications of this change be taken into account now and that you plan and act now.
We have summarised the key implications of what this could mean for you:
- Additional restrictions on areas that can be developed on top of Banksia considerations, Black Cockatoos;
- If the Tuart Woodlands are up-listed to TEC status:
- EPBC referrals will need to be considered for proposals that intersect with Tuart Woodlands. This may have cost and time implications; and
- Offsets will also need to be considered for Tuart Woodlands.
More information on the nomination of Tuart woodlands can be found on the DotEE Finalised Priority Assessment List (FPAL)
How can we help you?
360 Environmental is available to assist you now in planning ahead with assessing your exposure to future constraints associated with Tuart Woodlands. As always we are here to assist with your EPBC referrals for all MNES – Black Cockatoos, orchids, Banksia and more. Call Tam or Scott on +61 8 9388 8360 if you would like advice specific to your site.