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62The Parties agree that the management prescriptions or actions identified in jointly prepared and agreed Recovery Plans or Threat Abatement Plans will be implemented as a matter of priority, including through the Integrated Forestry Operations Approval on State forest.

63Recovery Plans for items listed under both Acts and extending beyond New South Wales will be prepared jointly with New South Wales and other relevant governments to be considered for adoption under Section 46 of the Endangered Species Protection Act 1992 (C’wth).

64Parties will continue to consult on the priorities for listing threatened species, ecological communities and threatening processes, and the preparation of Recovery Plans, recognising that priorities can change in the light of new information. Currently agreed priorities and commitments for the next five years are outlined in Attachment 3.

THE CAR RESERVE SYSTEM

65Parties agree that the primary function of the CAR Reserve System is to ensure the conservation and protection of Environment and Heritage Values.

66Parties agree that the CAR Reserve System as identified on Map 1(A) and Map 1(B) and presented in Attachment 1(A), Attachment 1(B) and Attachment 2, satisfies the JANIS Reserve Criteria. Each element of the CAR Reserve System, with the exception of Commonwealth owned or leased land, will be administered in accordance with New South Wales legislation.

67New South Wales agrees to implement, manage and conserve the Upper North East region CAR Reserve System described in Attachment 1(A) and identified on Map 1(A) and the Lower North East region CAR Reserve System described in Attachment 1(B) and identified on Map 1(B), with the exception of Commonwealth owned or leased land.

68The Commonwealth agrees to manage and conserve those parts of the CAR Reserve system on Commonwealth owned or leased lands consistent with the conditions outlined in Attachment 1(B).

69Parties agree that through the acquisition of Private Land (by voluntary sale), transfer of lands of the Crown, or transfer of land from an existing reserve tenure to one of higher conservation protection status, enhancements to the CAR Reserve System could occur. Both Parties agree that such enhancements to the CAR Reserve System will not impede the management of State forest lands or the meeting of the wood supply commitments in this Agreement (Clauses 79, 80 and 84).

70In the incorporation into the CAR reserve system of lands of the Crown over which a licence or occupation permit is held NSW will:

  • confirm the presence of CAR Values needed for reservation;

  • through consultation, take into consideration any existing interests in the land of the licencee or permit holder;

  • ensure where practicable that suitable transition arrangements apply; and

  • ensure that practical and legal access remains available where such access to adjacent private, licenced or leased land currently crosses or falls within land to be added to the CAR reserve system under this agreement.

71Parties agree that changes to the CAR Reserve System will only occur in accordance with this Agreement, will be made publicly available, and will not lead to deterioration in the representation or protection of identified CAR Values, except that minor changes to the levels of representation or protection of specific CAR values may occur.

72Parties agree that best endeavours will be used to maintain the levels of protection of National Estate Values in a regional context; however, minor changes to the levels of protection of individual values may occur as a result of changes to the CAR Reserve System in State forest.

INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

73The Parties agree that State forest outside the CAR Reserve System is available for timber harvesting in accordance with this Agreement and the laws of New South Wales.

74Parties agree that any changes to the total area of State forest or areas excluded from harvesting or Regional Prescriptions applied to State forest will not lead to a net deterioration in the capacity to supply wood from the Upper North East Region and the Lower North East Region, in terms of the volumes as specified in this Agreement and in terms of species and quality.

75(a) The Parties acknowledge that the forest-based industries in the Upper North East and Lower North East regions contribute to both the regional and State economies and are an essential component of many communities in the regions. The Parties intend that this Agreement will enhance opportunities for further growth and development of forest-based industries in the Upper North East and Lower North East regions.


(b) The Agreement will provide long-term stability for these industries through including long-term certainty of timber supply. This stability will facilitate industry development through:

(i) New investment, plantation development, reforestation, downstream processing, value-adding and jobs growth in forests-based industries;

(ii) Further introduction of new technology, enhanced utilisation of regrowth timber for sawn products, thinning of regrowth forests and more efficient utilisation of residue wood;

(c) There will be significant economic opportunities in other forest-based industries, such as:



(i) tourism and recreation; and

  1. mineral exploration and Mining.

  1. Additional opportunities for enhancement of forest based industries are anticipated arising from the Long-term Timber Supply Strategy (Attachment 12).

76As part of providing greater security of access to forest resources, the Commonwealth will not prevent enterprises obtaining, using or exporting the quantities of timber, Woodchips or Unprocessed Wood products sourced from the Upper North East and Lower North East regions in accordance with this Agreement.

77The Parties note that the New South Wales Upper North East Region Forest Agreement and Lower North East Region Forest Agreement establish the sustainability strategy for timber supplies.

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