There has been progress towards achieving the Government’s objectives. A new regulatory system has been established that is capable of ending illegal clearing of native vegetation. However this system is not yet fully operational and it is too early to assess its performance.
The Department of Natural Resources is now in a position to achieve the Government’s main objective of reducing illegal clearing, especially in the west of the State. It now must establish a record of enforcement actions that are numerous, visible and successful.
Parliamentary reference - Report number #155 - released 19 July 2006