Clearing of Native Vegetation

Native vegetation is protected under the Environmental Protection Act (1986). All clearing of native vegetation is prohibited unless a clearing permit is granted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) or the clearing is for an exempt purpose, as defined under the Act or the Environmental Protection (Clearing of Native Vegetation) Regulations 2004. Clearing of native vegetation also includes the collection of firewood, flower picking, seed collection and removal of dead or dying vegetation. 

The Shire of Denmark cannot authorise the clearing of native vegetation where exemptions do not apply, but may be able to assist with information about whether the clearing requires a permit. If your query pertains to native vegetation within your property boundary and the vegetation abuts Shire managed land tenure, you are required to obtain land management authority approval prior to undertaking any clearing of native vegetation on your property, even if deemed exempt from obtaining a clearing permit from DWER. Landholders can contact DWER directly on telephone (08) 6364 7098 or email info-der@dwer.wa.gov.au for advice on the need for a clearing permit application. Relevant documents on the native vegetation clearing approval process can also be found in the links below.

Vegetation Clearing Documents

Shire of Denmark Declared Flora Roads Management Plan (2012)

Code of Practice for Roadside Conservation and Maintenance (2012)

West Australian Forest Alliance (WAFA)

In March 2021, Council unanimously supported the motion to support the West Australian Forest Alliance (WAFA) position to advocate for the immediate protection of high conservation value forests from logging and clearing, and to complete the transition of the timber industry to plantations and farm forestry. Council also supported the motion to advocate for the drafting of the next 10-year Forest Management Plan as a 10-year Forest Conservation Plan, and to advocate for the inclusion of the Bibbulmun Noongar custodians and all relevant stakeholders in the achievement of the aforementioned objectives. These objectives are aligned with Council's commitment to the WALGA Policy Statement on Climate Change (2018), acknowledging that we are in a state of climate emergency, and committing to a 50% reduction on current Shire of Denmark GHG emissions by 2030; and the achievement of net zero GHG emissions from all Shire of Denmark operations and activities by 2050. This advocacy statement is also strongly supported by the Shire's Community Vision of a "happy, healthy and eclectic community that embraces creativity, celebrates the natural environment and is invested in a strong local economy" and the aspiration outlined in the Denmark Strategic Community Plan (2027) which states "Our natural environment is highly valued and carefully managed to meet the needs of our community, now and in the future."

Website Links

Native vegetation clearing

West Australian Forest Alliance (WAFA)