National R&D Program on Rehabilitation, Management and Conservation of Remnant Vegetation, Research Report 1/99
Carl Binning, Mike Young and Emily Cripps, CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology
Environment Australia, 1999
ISBN 0 6425 4004 7
- Beyond roads, rates and rubbish: Opportunities for local government to conserve native vegetation (PDF - 1,312 KB)
About the report
Local governments have a number of core functions relating to managing publicly owned land, land use planning, assessing development proposals and managing for environmental risks (eg. flood and fire). This report encourages local government to incorporate conservation principles into the processes used to undertake these core functions, in the interest of conserving native vegetation.
There are a number of other roles that local governments have the opportunity to undertake such as facilitating community involvement in caring for the local area, providing financial and administrative support to community groups and providing financial incentives and market mechanisms to protect native vegetation. These discretionary functions can have a big impact on conservation activities.
The tables below outline a number of policy options relating to the activities that local governments can undertake to promote the conservation of native vegetation within their existing powers and responsibilities.
- Core functions of local government
- Discretionary functions of local government
- Capacity building - addressing the impediments to local government playing an active role in native vegetation management