> To: Nigel Sterpin <>; Birding-Aus
> Subject: Re: birding-aus Laws on native plants
> Date: Sunday, 14 February 1999 19:11
> > From: Nigel Sterpin <>
> > How's this for a tough law proposal...unless you are growing
> > for commercial or subsistence reasons (eg: herbs, vegetables, etc) you
> > only allowed to plant native species on YOUR OWN PROPERTY?
> > Furthermore, the native plants planted should be indigenous to that
> > although this could be difficult to implement, unless plants are
> > specifically labelled as such.
> My personal opinion is that perhaps we all need to be better informed, as
> well as confident that existing laws are sufficient to provide for
> evaluation and approval before exotic flora species (including hybrids)
> available for general sale. AFAIK, local authorities and state
> governments have laws requiring the removal of designated pest species
> private property. BUT, I don't know what kind of regulation exists in
> nursery industry. I think it would be most comforting to know that any
> plant you bought from a recognised nursery had been through some kind of
> evaluation process w.r.t. potental for going feral and direct harm to
> native species (flora and fauna). I am uninformed and quite ignorant in
> this area of law and science, but I would think that this sort of
> might be more effective than a blanket "no exotic species" law. Quite
> apart from any other consideration, the average home owner with a bit of
> yard probably is no better informed than I w.r.t. which are exotic and
> which are native plants.
> Legislation such as Nigel proposes perhaps would be appropriate for
> instrumentalities, owners of significant areas of land etc (and for all I
> know this could already be the case).
> Vicki PS
> Vicki Parslow Stafford | "Even if you can't live up
> (Procrastination While U Wait) | to your destiny, you can
> | at least have one".
> Ipswich, Qld. Australia
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