birding-aus Laws on native plants

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Subject: birding-aus Laws on native plants
From: "Nigel Sterpin" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 1999 10:44:24 +1100

How's this for a tough law proposal...unless you are growing plants/flowers
for commercial or subsistence reasons (eg: herbs, vegetables, etc) you are
only allowed to plant native species on YOUR OWN PROPERTY?
If your argument against this is "that its my property and I'll do what a
like"...well it affects things outside of your own property and you cannot
undertake activities which affect external areas (from simple things such
as incinerator usage to loud music late at night to pumping Benzine into a
local river). Please don't respond with a smart allek comment that we might
as well knock down all the houses Australia wide and replace them with
trees, so as to justify you doing nothing at all.
Furthermore, the native plants planted should be indigenous to that area,
although this could be difficult to implement, unless plants are
specifically labelled as such.
I have to say I disagree with you Anthea on the issue of retaining
blackberries, at least in the long run (unless I have misunderstood your
message). They could be retained so long as the are gradually replaced over
time and any exotics should be gradually replaced over time to minimise the
impact and allow native fauna to adjust.
The main point is that we have to, as a nation, try to restore as much land
as possible to its pre settlement self.
Nigel Sterpin
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