Re: birding-aus Laws on native plants

To: Nigel Sterpin <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Laws on native plants
From: HARRIS & WESTRUP John & Jude <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 10:37:15 +1000

Nigel Sterpin wrote:
> birding-aus
> 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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I couldn't agree more, having done a lot of revegetation work with the
Aust.Trust for Conservation Volunteers and the Environment Dept. in
Victoria,  it is a job that really needs to be planned very well so that
all aspects are taken into account; the fauna, soils, types of plants
etc.  Not only the need for indigenous plants but for local provinence
plants particularly as there are often various morhs of the same plant
species but from different locations.
I believe that it may be a local gov't authorities responsibility to
make sure that trees planted on a large scale are from local seed stock,
so as to keep the genetic pool as diverse as possible and the local
character of such areas.

John Harris
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