Lebbink_Yarra Ranges biodiversity offsets program

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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

  1. 1. Yarra Ranges Biodiversity Offsets Program (BOP)
  2. 2. Avoid Minimise Offset
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Offsets at other end of state! OFFSET LOSS
  6. 6. Biodiversity Offsets Program Goal 1: • Local offset options Goal 2: • Strategic and proactive offsets Goal 3: • Quality ecological outcomes Goal 4: • Efficient offsetting service
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Emerald Montrose Monbulk Healesville
  9. 9. The Healesville Offset Site (The Old Tip)
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. $60,000 per Habitat Hectare $240,000 per Habitat Hectare
  12. 12. 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)
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Case study: Footpath development Monbulk
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Joanna Lebbink Biodiversity Offsets Officer Phone: 9294 6288 j.lebbink@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

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