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29 October, 2016


Best way to improve air quality is to shut coal-fired power stations and stop approving coal mines

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes Environment Minister Mark Speakman’s call for public input into his new 10-year air-quality plan but questions the government’s commitment to acting on the people’s wishes.

19 October, 2016


Rally hears that Baird's land-clearing proposals are reckless and cruel

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside NSW Parliament today demanding Premier Baird scrap his plans to weaken land-clearing and nature-protection laws.

13 October, 2016


Community values at odds with Baird’s Crown lands sell-off plans

A report released today by a NSW upper house parliamentary committee found the community opposes government plans to sell off Crown lands, which people cherish for their environmental, social and cultural values.


13 October, 2016


Premier Baird fails his own test on animal cruelty with shark net and greyhound backflips

Premier Mike Baird’s record on animal welfare and the environment is in tatters after a week of backflips that will significantly increase animal suffering and environmental harm.

Marine Conservation

22 September, 2016


Unacceptable that coal mine assessment is being based on secret biodiversity offset rules

The Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a “secret” planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

20 September, 2016


Govt’s own report shows overwhelming opposition to proposals that increase land clearing

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on the Baird government to abandon plans to loosen land clearing controls after the government’s own analysis of public submissions revealed overwhelming opposition to its legislative package.


13 September, 2016


Court decision proves laws too weak to protect Sydney's drinking water from mine pollution

A court has today found an underground coal mine near Lithgow can pump millions of litres of polluted water into Warragamba Dam each day and place the future of Sydney’s drinking water at risk.

8 September, 2016


ARENA grants will fast-track critical switch to renewables in NSW

Grants for large-scale solar photovoltaic projects announced today by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency demonstrate the importance of maintaining ARENA’s funding to fast-track Australia‘s switch to a clean-energy future.

31 August, 2016


Destruction of endangered woodland for Westconnex is a taste of what’s to come under Baird’s new biodiversity laws

The NSW Nature Conservation Council has called on the Baird government to protect a patch of Cooks River/Castlereagh Ironbark Forest [1] that is slated for destruction for the Westconnex motoroway development this week.


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