Baird's War on Trees

Thousands of possums, quolls, koalas and gliders will be killed each year if Mike Baird scraps our land-clearing laws.

End the senseless destruction of our wildlife 

Thousands of possums, quolls, koalas and gliders will be killed each year if Premier Mike Baird scraps our tree-clearing laws. Nationals MPs, big agri-business and developers want to allow landholders trash our precious woodlands and urban bushland by replacing the Native Vegetation Act with weaker tree-clearing controls. These changes will:

  • add extinction pressures to our state's 1000 threatened species;
  • threaten our clean, reliable water supplies;
  • turn our fertile land into wasteland through erosion and salinity; 
  • put landmark trees and bushland at risk; and
  • add further to Australia's carbon pollution.

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Have your say about Baird's bad laws

In May 2016, Premier Baird released his blueprint for stripping away our strongest nature conservation laws. People have until 28 June 2016 to make a submission on the changes. We are preparing a submission guide to help you frame your arguments and will email supporters when it is ready. Sign up now for regular updates. 

Submission Guides and Fact Sheets

Land-clearing laws have saved thousands of native animals

Leading ecologists say the land-clearing controls in the Native Vegetation Act have prevented more than 1 million animal deaths over 10 years – that’s more than 100,000 native animals who have escaped death each year thanks to the Native Vegetation Act. Read more. Any laws that replace the Native Vegetation Act must strengthen protections for nature.

Stand Up For Nature Alliance

We have joined forces with other conservation organisations to form the Stand Up For Nature Alliance to campaign to retain strong environmental protections. Alliance partners include: WWF Australia, The Wilderness Society, The National Trust, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Total Environment Centre, National Parks Association of NSW, Humane Society International, WIRES, Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Visit the Stand Up For Nature website for more information and resources and to sign the petition. 

CONTACT: To help with the campaign, or for details about the meetings, email campaign coordinator Corinne Fisher at


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20 February, 2017


EIS highlights threat to wildlife and water resources from Santos 850 -well industrial gas field

The Nature Conservation Council is calling on the Berejiklian government to buy back gas exploration licences covering the Pilliga Forest to ensure the largest remaining temperate woodland in eastern Australia is protected for future generations.

Forests and wildlifeClimate and energyCoal and gas

30 January, 2017


Berejiklian Cabinet must increase environmental protections and turbo-charge the state’s transition to renewable energy

Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski has welcomed the appointment of new ministers to the critical environment, energy and planning portfolios as an opportunity to improve the Coalition government’s poor record in these areas.

Forests and wildlifePlanning and DevelopmentClimate and energyNSW Parliament

27 January, 2017


Case of “extinct” guinea flower highlights the failure of federal and state planning systems to protect threatened species

Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski is calling for new procedures to ensure threatened species are protected from development at all stages of the assessment and approval process.

Forests and wildlifePlanning and Development




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This is a report on the biodiversity offsets schemes in NSW since 2005.


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