Evaluation of stakeholder perspectives on the Native Vegetation regulatory map

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

In response to a 2014 review of biodiversity conservation legislation in New South Wales, the Native Vegetation Regulatory (NVR) Map was developed to indicate where clearing native vegetation can occur, compliant with regulations under the Local Lands Services Amendment Act 2016(NSW).

In mid 2017, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage engaged RMCG to undertake an independent evaluation of landholders’ level of understanding and acceptance of NVR Map rules.

Using surveys and observational techniques to generate qualitative and quantitative data, RMCG researched the perspectives of 89 landholders over a series of 10 workshops across NSW. We analysed qualitative data using the grounded theory method and produced a report with six high level recommendations to improve the NVR Map and landholder understanding and acceptance.


Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith


B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.