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22.01        CATCHMENT AND LAND PROTECTION
19/01/2006
VC37
              This policy applies to the whole of the Swan Hill Rural City.

              Policy Basis

              The natural resources and catchment of Swan Hill Rural City are significant to the local,
              regional and State environments. The sustainability of land and water resources in the
              catchment is integral to the municipality’s environmental, economic and social well-being.
              The Rural City of Swan Hill is a unique area of north west Victoria consisting of riverine
              floodplains and Mallee dunefields. Land use and development reflects the diverse
              landscapes of the Rural City. The floodplain and adjacent dunefields are extensively
              utilised for irrigated horticulture and pasture, and urban and rural residential development.
              In the dunefields away from the floodplain, cereal cropping, broadacre pasture and smaller
              rural settlements dominate. Waterway health is an important aspect of catchment health in
              the municipality. The threats and pressures upon the Murray River and adjacent riparian
              vegetation from expanding development are a major challenge. Unlike other areas of the
              Mallee, Swan Hill Rural City retains only a small number of public reserves with remnant
              native vegetation. The protection and maintenance of remnant native vegetation on private
              land is important for catchment health and prevention of wind erosion, particularly in
              dryland farming areas.

              Objectives

              To ensure the sustainable development of natural resources of land, flora, natural
              ecosystems and water, including groundwater.
              To promote the maintenance of biodiversity and genetic diversity.
              To ensure that the use and development of land and water takes into account impacts on the
              quality and quantity of natural resources, and management of nutrients and pollutants.
              To promote consistency with and implementation of any relevant catchment and other
              natural resource management strategies.

              Policy


              Exercising discretion

              It is policy to:
                  Ensure that land use and development provides a net environmental benefit to the
                  catchment.
                  The use and development of land complies with and implements regional catchment
                  strategies and associated plans.
                  Development be setback from waterways and water bodies to ensure protection of
                  catchment, natural environment and landscape.
                  New land use and development proposals implement a whole farm plan approach, using
                  a ‘whole farm plan’ prepared in accordance with Department of Primary Industries
                  guidelines and approved by the responsible authority.




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              Performance measures

              It is policy that proposals meet the following performance measures:
                 Consistency and compliance with any applicable regional catchment strategy and other
                 natural resource management strategy or plan.
                 Location of all development, other than pump sheds and minor earthworks, to be a
                 preferable minimum of 60 metres and an absolute minimum of 30 metres setback from
                 waterways, wetlands and lakes and 60 metre setback from the Murray River.
                 Effluent disposal and wastewater treatment to prevent catchment contamination,
                 including surface waters, groundwater, supply channels and domestic water supply
                 reservoirs.

              Application requirements

              It is policy that proposals include and consider the following information, as appropriate:
                 A natural resource profile including information on watercourses, soil type,
                 groundwater, vegetation and habitat area.
                 An assessment of environmental hazards and physical limitations including:
                     The location and type of the proposed use and development, including buildings
                     and works, effluent disposal, other infrastructure and services, access, and adjoining
                     use and development; and
                     The measures to be taken to address natural resource management issues, physical
                     limitations and environmental hazards.

              Permit conditions

                 When appropriate, conditions will be included on permits to avoid, mitigate, minimise
                 or repair degradation of natural resources.

              Decision guidelines

              It is policy that the responsible authority considers, as appropriate:
                 The long term impacts of the proposal on land, flora, fauna, natural ecosystems and
                 water.
                 The land capability, including an assessment of the biophysical characteristics of the
                 land (soil, slope, vegetation and climate) and any physical and environmental
                 limitations of the site.
                 The potential effect of the proposal on the quality and quantity of natural resources in
                 the water catchment.
                 Measures to protect and/or improve the condition of natural resources.
                 How the proposal implements a whole farm plan approach, using a ‘whole farm plan’
                 prepared in accordance with Department of Primary Industries guidelines and approved
                 by the responsible authority.
                 The views of the relevant water authority and catchment management authority if the
                 responsible authority considers that any proposed use or development within 60 metres
                 of any waterway may adversely affect catchment health or the condition of existing
                 natural resources.




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                 Comments from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and relevant water
                 authority will be sought where sites have demonstrated land degradation problems.
                 Development applications will be assessed and evaluated based on available Land
                 Capability Mapping and documentation as prepared by the Primary Industries Research
                 Victoria, Department of Primary Industries.
                 Elements of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Selected
                 Biodiversity Components Map for the Rural City of Swan Hill LGA are to be
                 considered.

              References

                 Mallee Regional Catchment Strategy
                 Nyah to the South Australian Border Regional Catchment Strategy Plan
                 North Central Regional Catchment Strategy Plan
                 Mallee Waterway and Floodplain Management Strategies
                 Nyah to the South Australian Border Salinity Management Plan
                 Mallee Dryland Salinity management Plan
                 Nyah Irrigation District Salinity Management Plan
                 Sunraysia Salinity Management Plan
                 Murray River Frontage Action Plans
                 Victorian Native Vegetation Management: A Framework for Action 2002
                 Victoria’s Biodiversity




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