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NSW DECCW Code of Practice...
Some members of the Advisory Group appointed by DECCW to assist in the drafting of the NSW Reptile Keepers Code of Practice met with representatives of DECCW on Friday, Feb 11th, to discuss concerns about the document. We pointed out that the draft of the Code currently displayed on their website is an old one, and that the current Code which varies significantly in content and its impact on keepers (there is a much stronger emphasis on mandated enclosure sizes, and enforcement), should replace it immediately, to enable keepers in NSW to anticipate the impact of the Code.
We believe the Department misrepresents the Code while the old version is displayed on their website, and keepers (who are the major stakeholders, along with their animals) need to be aware of how these changes will affect their lives.
Some members will be aware that the Advisory Group obtained a copy of the current proposal only after lodging an FOI request, despite repeated requests from us to see it without having to go through that process. The Department believes that this constitutes 'release' of the document into the public domain, and seems unwilling to engage in further disclosure.
For the information of members...
- 16-Feb-11, 08:43 AM #2
They must be afraid of some pretty severe backlash otherwise I doubt they would be so gaurded.
Was there any talk of when this "draft" is going to officially replace the existing one?
thankyou to all those dealing with the authorities on our behalf in this advisory group.
i can imagine how frustrating it is at this time with these bureacrats.
the only good cat is a dead cat
- 16-Feb-11, 08:56 AM #4
licence etc once they realise how big of an enclosure will be required. There are already plenty of "off licence" reptiles to obtain and I can only see this situation getting worse.
Last edited by buck; 16-Feb-11 at 08:57 AM. Reason: typo
- 16-Feb-11, 09:25 AM #5
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Has the draft been posted anywhere on the net for us to download and read? I build enclosures so I am really interested in what they have to say.
lets hope Barry O,Farrel has the guts to downsize the NSW public sector, by about 25% after the election, right accross all depts. that might be the end of some of these , "regulators". the good news amongst beurocrats, is that they fear greatly, that this might happen. the Libs will inherit no money from the present rabble, for the mighty improvements in infrastructure, which NSW requires..one way of getting thi"s ....is to reduce greatly the number of what might be called politely/publicly............".the NSW public sector"..............when the new regs. as to size o0f containers come in..................just where is the Dept. going to put all the thousands of Beardies, that are going to be brought into them......luckily their building at Hurstville has many storeys....they will need it.
- 16-Feb-11, 09:52 AM #7
They were posted on the forum previously but I just had a quick look and couldn't find them. Luckily I copied it on my computer before
licensing as since there is virtually no capability to investigate this the risks of getting caught are virtually nil.
My biggest problem with the DECCW is the cost of an import/export license. As far as I'm concerned this fee is illegal and if it were ever legally challenged it would fall over. Under the constitution trade between the states must be free and unimpeded by taxes which is exactly what the cost of an export/import permit is.
- 16-Feb-11, 10:02 AM #9
- 16-Feb-11, 10:06 AM #10
I believe the pdfs posted by Buck are the current ones (don't have time to look). They were made available by other members of the Advisory Group after we go the stuff under FOI.
- 16-Feb-11, 10:26 AM #12
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licence...the rel. section of the Constitution is sec. 92, which says that "trade and commerce amongst the States will be absolutely free " this sec. was fought over and over again in the High Courtin the 40,s and 50,s often by KC Evatt on one side, KC Menzies on the otherside....Evatt was always the superior lawyer.
Thanks for the update Jamie and thanks for putting the PDFs up again Buck.sans livor
The DECCW actually met with the advisory group again? Must have caught them in a good mood
I assume it's still too much to hope that negotiations could reopen & DECCW listening to some common sense?Day after day, day after day, we stuck, ne breath, ne motion. As idle as a painted ship, upon a painted ocean. Water, water everywhere, and all the boards did shrink. Water, water everywhere, ne any drop to drink.
There will be many keepers that will wipe their collection off the books and go underground. I mean you pay a fee for what...?? I have no problem paying for a licence if you can see the funds are going into something of use, like conservation or research into a species that is going extinct, but it seems it is being used to make reptile keepers lives rediculously hard. You then have to pay a fee to send your animals interstate. Once the DPI standards come into play in 5 years the size of the enclosures you need will so be so rediculous that ppl won't bother with a licence so they don't fall into the rediculous legislation they will have. So now reptile keepers who look after their animals may as well be drug dealers as we will all be criminals. So now would be the time to sell off your collection, get rid of your licence, get your hands on some nice corns, milks, boas and ball pythons as the supply and demand for these will go through the roof as people without a licence won't care what animals that have. So, a big grats to DECC for screwing up an already poor system.
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