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The NSW government has seen fit to list the Grey Headed Flying-fox (GHFF) as Vulnerable. The listing will limit the ability of fruit growers to protect their crops from damage by this species. The GHFF has been protected by government on behalf of the community. In my submission, it is then equitable that the whole community, which benefits from the protection of this animal, help the fruit grower cover the cost associated with the protection. There are several ways this could be accomplished: by funding research into methods by which GHFF can be deterred from damaging crops, by making it possible for the grower to net his crop where feasible, by allowing him to protect his livelihood through judicious and timely culling, or by compensation for loss. There are a number of instances where the community currently meets, or will soon be required to meet, the extra costs of conserving biodiversity. In my view it is only right and just, and indeed may even be an obligation, for the community to assist and/or compensate fruit growers with any extra costs associated with listing the GHFF as Vulnerable.

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Murray-Darling Basin Commission. 1996 Cost Sharing for On-Ground Works. Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, ACT.
Natural Heritage Trust. 1999 Guide to New Applications 2000-2001. Department of Environment and Heritage and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra, ACT.
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Aretino, B., Holland, P., Matysek, A. and Peterson, D. 2001 Cost Sharing for Biodiversity Conservation: A Conceptual Framework. Productivity Commission Staff Research Paper, AusInfo, Canberra.
Australian Conservation Foundation. 2000 Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage Inquiry into Public Good Conservation — Impact of Environmental Measures Imposed on Landholders. http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/environ/index.htm submission no.159.
Australian Association for Computational Mechanics. 1995 Cost Sharing for On-Ground Works: Discussion Paper. Report prepared for the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, South Australia.
Australian National Audit Office. 1998 Preliminary Inquiries into the Natural Heritage Trust. Audit Report No. 42. Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra.
Coorong and Districts Local Action Plan Steering Committee. 1997 The Coorong and Districts Local Action Plan - Protecting Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Draft for Public Discussion. Coorong District Shire, Mimeo, South Australia.
Coorong and Districts Local Action Plan Steering Committee. 2000 Coorong District Local Action Plan: Protecting Agriculture and Natural Resources, Draft Report. Coorong and Districts Local Action Plan Steering Committee, Adelaide, SA.
Crosthwaite, J. 1998 Cost Sharing Approaches for Native Vegetation Management in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Background Report to the Goulburn Broken Vegetation Management Plan Steering Committee. Institute of Food and Land Resources, University of Melbourne.
Dames and Moore 2000 Cost Benefit Analysis and Cost Sharing Frameworks for the Coorong District Local Action Plan. Final Report for the Coorong District Local Action Plan Committee, Adelaide, SA.
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories. 1996 The National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity. Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, Canberra, ACT.
Environment Australia. 2001 A National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity. http://chm.environment.gov.au/strategy/index.html.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. 1999 Annual Report 1998-99. Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Shepparton, Victoria.
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. 2000 Draft Goulburn Broken Native Vegetation Plan, Volume 1: Goulburn Broken Native Vegetation Management Strategy. Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Shepparton, Victoria.
Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee. 2000 Investment Programs and Institutional Arrangements for Effective Natural Resource Management: Draft Project Report Final. Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee, Tamworth, NSW.
Madden, C. 1996. Cost sharing — the Goulburn Broken Catchment experience. Pp. 44-52 in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Who Benefits and Who Should Pay? Occasional Paper no. 01/92. edited by R. Price. Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT.
Murray-Darling Basin Commission. 1996 Cost Sharing for On-Ground Works. Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, ACT.
Natural Heritage Trust. 1999 Guide to New Applications 2000-2001. Department of Environment and Heritage and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra, ACT.
New South Wales Government. 2000. Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage. Inquiry into Public Good Conservation — Impact of Environmental Measures Imposed on Landholders.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 2001 International Convention on Biological Diversity. United Nations Environment Program Na.92-7807. http://www.biodiv.org/convention/articles.asp?lg=0.
Wiebe, K., Tegene, A. and Kuhn, B. 1996 Partial Interests in Land: Policy Tools for Resource Use and Conservation. Agricultural Economic Report no. 744. US Department of Agriculture, Washington DC.
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