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Native Vegetation Clearance for maintenance works

Under recent changes to the Native Vegetation Clearing Regulations, water corporations will no longer require an approval from local government to clear vegetation for the purpose of conducting maintenance works on a water utility installation. The outgoing Regulations required water corporations to seek individual planning approval for each maintenance activity, or submit to the onerous process of negotiating a Code of Practice with individual councils. Under the revised Regulations, DELWP will create a water utility installation maintenance exemption ‘procedure’, that will exempt water corporations from the local government approval process, provided minimum standards are maintained.