The delayed path to national conservation

The National Conservation Bill was first drafted in 2002 and has been through several iterations to get to its current form. 

The latest version of the bill to be disseminated publicly was drafted in 2009 and underwent 10 weeks of public consultation the following year.  

The public consultation period was initially supposed to last a month and there had been hopes that once it was completed and the feedback taken into account, the bill could be before the Legislative Assembly in September 2010.  

The month-long public consultation period was extended by six weeks to September, so the bill did not appear before legislators that month, and has not been tabled in the House since. 

During those 10 weeks of public consultation, the Department of Environment received 265 responses from the public about the bill.  

This was the second round of public consultations on this draft of a National Conservation Law. An almost identical version of the bill was expected to go before the Legislative Assembly in 2008, but did not get tabled before the general election that year.  

Another, earlier version of the bill, dated 2004, also did not make it to the Legislative Assembly. 

This was the second round of public consultations on this draft of a National Conservation Law. 

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