SNAs: Incentives or compulsion?

The Act Party has said it would remove the requirement for councils to identify Significant Natural Areas through the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity, It would instead offer financial incentives for landowners to improve the green environment.

This is a position the Landowners Coalition has argued since its inception. We believe imposing heavy-handed regulation onto landowners is counterproductive and will provide less long-term benefit for the green environment than a regime based on positive incentives.

From what our supporters are telling us, we know anecdotally that some landowners are making a decision NOT to return pasture to native bush because they fear the councils would designate that area to be of “significance” and take away their rights to manage that land as the landowner wishes.