Native vegetation “Net-gain today or Net-loss tomorrow” examples from practice in Victoria
The first two years working with the Victorian Native Vegetation Management Framework (NVMF) have seen some positive, negative and confusing outcomes. This paper aims to provide some history on the implementation of the NVMF. The confusion (of what offset option is appropriate for which level of proposed native vegetation removal) that has developed through achieving the objectives of this policy is identified through a summary of examples. March 2006 has seen the amendment of the planning scheme and simplification of the assessment process associated with native vegetation removal. These changes and a preliminary analysis of the benefits and foreseeable problems are discussed.