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Beyond the Edge: Australia's First National Peri-urban Conference

Beyond the Edge: Australia's First National Peri-urban Conference
La Trobe University
Oct 2013

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Lebbink_Yarra Ranges biodiversity offsets program Lebbink_Yarra Ranges biodiversity offsets program Presentation Transcript

  • Yarra Ranges Biodiversity Offsets Program (BOP)
  • Avoid Minimise Offset
  • What is a biodiversity offset? Compensation for the loss of native vegetation • Revegetation • Remnant vegetation • Onsite vs. Offsite offsets • Ongoing management • Protection of offsets • Limitations
  • Offset Issues Permit Holders • Complexity, timeframes and $$$ • Lack of local offset options Council • Monitoring and compliance • Internal offset requirements Environment • Loss in local ecological values • Questionable ecological outcomes
  • Offsets at other end of state! OFFSET LOSS
  • Biodiversity Offsets Program Goal 1: • Local offset options Goal 2: • Strategic and proactive offsets Goal 3: • Quality ecological outcomes Goal 4: • Efficient offsetting service
  • How it works • • • • • Offsets located on Council land Offsets sites are protected in perpetuity Offsets credits are ‘banked’ Permit holders can purchase offsets Council owns and manages the offset sites
  • Emerald Montrose Monbulk Healesville
  • The Healesville Offset Site (The Old Tip)
  • Costing Model • The costing model is based on cost recovery and includes: – – – – – Revegetation costs Pest plant and animal control Fencing and site management Ecological consultant and legal fees Salary for the Biodiversity Offsets Officer • Costs for different sites varies significantly
  • $60,000 per Habitat Hectare $240,000 per Habitat Hectare
  • Credit prices • Credit prices for 2012-2013 (excl GST) are: – – – – $99,000 per Habitat Hectare $2,300 per Very Large Old Tree $2,000 per Large Old Tree $39 per recruit • There are no additional fees • New system has just commenced (Biodiversity Equivalence Units)
  • Trades to date The Program became operational in September 2012: – 27 trades completed (plus 13 active) – $350,000+ in offset credits – Trades vary from ($1,500 to $45,000) – Various customers – Focus on customer service
  • Case study: Footpath development Monbulk
  • Summary •Offsets provide financial incentive to avoid and minimise impacts •Strategic and proactive offsets can achieve quality ecological outcomes •Local governments can play a key role in providing offsets
  • Joanna Lebbink Biodiversity Offsets Officer Phone: 9294 6288 j.lebbink@yarraranges.vic.gov.au