NSW land clearing-laws back to court

Tom Rabe

The NSW government is facing a fresh legal challenge to controversial land-clearing laws that have already been shot down once in the courts.

The new laws would allow landowners to clear sections of native bushland on their property without prior environmental assessment.

An attempt by the government to push the laws through in 2017 failed after the Land and Environment Court ruled the codes invalid when it was revealed proper process was not followed during their creation.

On Wednesday the Nature Conservation Council of NSW confirmed it had mounted a legal challenge to the government's second attempt at introducing the laws.

The NCC NSW claims documents obtained through Freedom of Information reveal the state's Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton rushed the legislation the second time around and failed to give proper consideration to the laws.

Thee NCC NSW says Ms Upton did not have enough time or materials to allow her to make a fully informed decision on the outcome of the laws.

The legal challenge was lodged with the Land and Environment Court earlier this month, with a court date set down for July.