State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) (Koala Habitat Protection) 2019 has replaced the former 'SEPP No.44'.
For all developments (e.g. Development Applications / DA) assessed pursuant to Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 the following requirements are needed for the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP to apply when:
The controls within the Koala Habitat Protection SEPP apply to both direct and indirect impacts of the proposed development on all habitat within the 'site area' (the subject lot). Therefore, you will still need to show how your development has low or no direct impact, regardless of whether vegetation is being removed.
Land identified as ‘Koala Development Application Map’ is deemed to have highly suitable koala habitat that is likely to be occupied by koalas.
If you do not believe the 'Koala Development Application Mapping' over your land is correct and you would like to apply to have it reviewed/changed
In this case, you can engage a suitably qualified Ecologist, such as Land Eco Consulting to carry-out an assessment of your land to survey for the presence of koalas and potential Core Koala Habitat in accordance with the 'Koala Habitat Protection Guideline'. If the report concludes that Koala habitat is present, you will need to engage an Ecologist such as Land Eco Consulting to prepare a Koala Assessment Report.
If the 'Koala Development Application Mapping' over your land is confirmed correct
You will need to engage a suitably qualified Ecologist, such as Land Eco Consulting, to prepare a Koala Assessment Report in accordance with the Koala Habitat Protection Guideline.
The Koala Habitat Protection SEPP 2019 applies to the following Council Areas:
Armidale Regional, Ballina, Bathurst Region, Bega Valley, Bellingen, Berrigan, Blayney, Blue Mountains, Bourke, Brewarrina, Byron, Cabonne, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Central Darling, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Coonamble, Dungog, Edward River, Eurobodalla, Federation, Forbes, Gilgandra, Glen Innes Severn, Goulburn Mulwaree, Greater Hume, Gunnedah, Gwydir Shire, Hawkesbury, Hilltops, Hornsby, Inverell, Kempsey, Ku-ring-gai, Kyogle, Lake Macquarie, Leeton, Lismore, Lithgow, Liverpool, Liverpool Plains, Lockhart, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Mid-Western Regional, Moree Plains, Murray River, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Narrabri, Narrandera, Narromine, Newcastle, Northern Beaches, Oberon, Parkes, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Port Stephens, Richmond Valley, Shoalhaven, Singleton, Snowy Monaro Regional, Snowy Valleys, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Tweed, Upper Hunter, Upper Lachlan, Uralla, Wagga Wagga, Walcha, Walgett, Warren, Warrumbungle, Weddin, Wentworth, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong, and Yass Valley.
If you would like a Koala Assessment Report or Review of the 'Koala Development Application Mapping' on your land, contact the experts at Land Eco Consulting.
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