To support the recovery of apiarists whose public land sites were affected by fire during the 2019/2020 summer fires, the NSW government will provide waivers for the 2021/2022 permit periods for specific apiary sites that were heavily impacted by fire during this period.
Waivers will automatically be provided for Forestry Corporation NSW (FCNSW) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) sites identified as having a high average severity or critical severity class in the NSW Government’s Fire Extent and Severity Mapping (FESM) 2019/2020. This rating is based on identifying partial or complete canopy consumption.
Holders of FCNSW and NPWS sites will be notified of any sites identified as eligible for a waiver. This is planned to happen on the 5th of October 2021.
Holders of permits for Forestry Corporation sites will be issued with a new invoice that includes a fee of $0 for identified sites. Apiarists who have already paid invoices for sites identified as eligible for a waiver will receive a refund.
Holders of licenses for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services sites that have been identified as eligible will have a waiver applied to their sites at the time of renewal in December 2021.
Apiarists who hold permits or licenses for sites that have not been identified as eligible based on the FESM data can request a waiver review for sites that:
This can be done for FCNSW and NPWS sites by requesting a waiver review via the BPASS portal. You will need to provide details of the damage for each site, confirm you do not believe it will be usable for this permit period and add photographs or documents to support your claim. Requests need to be completed by the 31st of October 2021. Step-by-step instructions are available on the BPASS how-to page. The land managers will review the request and may contact you for further information or a site visit if required.
For LLS sites, please contact email@example.com to further information on how to request a waiver.
For assistance with accessing BPASS or with a waiver request, contact the Apiary Sites Service Desk via firstname.lastname@example.org or on (02) 6391 3464. Depending on the volume of requests, there may be delays in responding to enquiries.
When will refunds be processed for sites identified based on the FESM analysis that have already been paid?
-We are aiming to have all refunds for these sites processed by the end of October 2021.
These waivers are the permit period 2021/2022. What about sites that may not have recovered for the 2022/2023 period?
- NSW Government agencies have committed to funding for the 2021 / 2022 period. The recovery of sites and availability of funding will be assessed in 2022 for the following period.
How long will it take for the agencies to review a waiver request?
-This will depend on the level of detail provided by you and the number of requests received. We aim to complete the reviews within 2 months, but this could be delayed if site visits are required.
What area is being taken into account in the FESM analysis?
-For FCNSW sites, it will be based on the average rating across the area of the apiary range. For NPWS sites, it will be based on a 1km radius around the set down site.
Where can I learn more about FESM?
-Further information about FESM is available on NSW Government’s SEED open data portal.