Good Neighbour Charter
The Good Neighbour Charter has been developed in partnership between the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, the Tasmanian Fire Service, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the Department of State Growth.
Good Neighbour Charter
This document will guide future relations between DPIPWE and its neighbours, particularly in the agricultural sector. The Good Neighbour Charter encompasses:
- Planning issues: DPIPWE will continue to involve the community in the development of management plans and strategies to ensure that the interests and rights of the community are considered, and that DPIPWE plans are co-ordinated as far as possible with planning and management activities on other lands.
- Fire management: DPIPWE will co-operate with neighbours in the management of fire and fire risk to protect life, community assets, property, and the natural and cultural value of land.
- Invasive species: Through cooperative effort with neighbours, DPIPWE will seek to minimise presence and movement of introduced pest animals and weed species between properties.
- Management of native and domestic animals: DPIPWE will co‑operate with landholders about options for managing native species and domestic animals.
- Stock management: DPIPWE will make reasonable efforts to identify the owners of stock that stray onto DPIPWE owned land.
- Habitat: DPIPWE will encourage neighbours to maintain or restore natural vegetation to provide additional habitat and wildlife corridors.
- Access: DPIPWE will develop agreed understandings with neighbours about access to each other's properties.
- Cultural values: DPIPWE will work cooperatively with neighbouring landholders to identify appropriate management processes for the protection of Aboriginal and European heritage.
The Charter is aimed at ensuring the framework is in place for constructive and co‑operative dialogue between DPIPWE and its many adjacent landholders. This approach will lead to better outcomes in land management and assist resolution of differences if they arise.
The Charter does not intend to anticipate every situation that may arise, but rather establish the basis of DPIPWE's land management approach, which is about working together.
With communication the key to the success of this Charter, DPIPWE’s AgriGrowth Tasmania Division has also been identified as a central contact point for landholders if they wish to discuss land management issues with DPIPWE. AgriGrowth Tasmania can be contacted on (03) 6777 2234.