The landscape of Tasmanian properties often come with a mix of elements. Riparian bush, pasture, native grasslands and water courses all influence on what you may need to do to maintain or improve your property.

If the property has watercourses running through it or access to neighbouring dams, the rights to access this water or use it to fill property dams may not automatically pass with purchase of the property title. Ensure you clearly understand, consider your legal responsibilities and have documented what passes with the property and ensure transfer of water licences are part of the agreement of purchase.

Waterways support a variety of biodiversity and threatened species as well as industries. For properties within catchments, rivers are often the property boundary and neighbours should work together to ensure that the river and adjacent land remains free from weeds, excluded from stock and that native riparian vegetation is maintained or enhanced.

Click here for more information on water licences and managing water.

Understanding how to manage the landscape of your property can be daunting, but a bit of research and contacting your local Natural Resource Management (NRM) or Landcare group can set you on a path that may avoid costly mistakes. Local council contacts are also useful in identifying what programs may be running in your area to assist you in your land management.

The Forest Practices Act 1985 and the Forest Practices Regulations 2017 prohibit forest clearing on defined ‘vulnerable land’, such as stream-side reserves and threatened wetland communities. Streamside reserves vary from 10 metres from the streambanks for a Class 4 stream to 40 metres for a Class 1 river.

A planning permit is required before commencement of any use of development which, under the provisions of a planning scheme, requires planning approval.

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