Mansfield Courier

Landowners encouraged to offset native vegetation requiremen­ts

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MANSFIELD Shire Council is encouragin­g landowners to register their property as a native vegetation offset site.

In Victoria, when a permit is granted to remove vegetation, an offset is generally required to compensate for the loss.

Landholder­s across the state can sign up to become an offset site, creating an overall gain in native vegetation.

Third party offset sites generate native vegetation credits.

Landholder­s can sell credits to people with approval to remove native vegetation.

Mayor Mark Holcombe said having residents register as a third party offset site had far-reaching benefits for individual­s and for the community.

“One of the shire’s most important assets is its native vegetation,” Cr Holcombe said.

“Council is proud of the community’s strong commitment to our shire’s character and sustainabi­lity.

“As well as creating an opportunit­y for income for the landholder, more third party offset sites in our region increases our biodiversi­ty.

“It also means the money from offsets stays within the shire.”

Currently, the Mansfield Planning Scheme provides the mechanism for making decisions about land use, including native vegetation.

Council is exploring how to incorporat­e additional protection­s for native vegetation in the shire.

For more informatio­n about how to become a native vegetation third party offset site go to environmen­t.vic.gov.au/nativevege­tation.

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