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Government must release Natural Resources Commission’s forestry report in full

November 25, 2021

The NSW Government must explain why it ignored the advice of the independent Natural Resources Commission and kept logging forests in regions hit hardest by the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfires.   The government has kept the Commission’s report secret since June 2020 but extracts have been published today by...

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ARENA bioenergy roadmap deals another blow to Sweetman Renewables plans to turn native forests into energy

November 22, 2021

The Australian Renewable Energy Authority (ARENA) has dealt another blow to Hunter energy start-up Sweetman Renewables, effectively ruling out funding any operations that use of native forest biomass for energy production. [1]  The ARENA report, Australia’s Bioenergy Roadmap, identifies enormous potential to expand Australia’s bioenergy industry...

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Upper House committee calls for stricter air quality standards for coal-fired power stations

November 18, 2021

A NSW Parliamentary committee today called for tighter air-quality controls on coal-fired power stations to improve public health.  Observing the NSW standards had not been revised for 25 years, the Legislative Council Planning and Environment Committee reviewing the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Clean Air) Bill 2021 [1] found the state’s coal-fired power stations were:  lagging behind...

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90-year community conservation campaign concludes wth Gardens of Stone declaration

November 13, 2021

The declaration of the Gardens of Stone State Conservation Area today is the culmination of possibly the longest conservation campaign in the state’s history. [1]  “It has been a long time coming but it was definitely worth the wait,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.   “This is a very significant...

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Hydrogen Hub funding rules not so sweet for Hunter biomass start-up Sweetman Renewables

November 11, 2021

The NSW Government has ruled out funding hydrogen production companies if they use native forest biomass at any stage of production. [1]  The guidelines for grants under the government’s $70 million Hydrogen Hub Initiative will be a blow to Hunter-based sawmiller and clean-energy wannabe Sweetman Renewables.  Sweetman had hoped to use native forests as feedstock for electricity generation...

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Local environment groups welcome $200 million funding pledge for urban river restoration

November 09, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes Federal Labor’s pledge to allocate $200 million for urban river restoration if it wins the next election. [1]   In a statement the ALP has committed to establish a $200 million Urban Rivers and Catchments Program, which would fund about 100 projects, ranging from smaller community group projects worth well under $1 million to larger...

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Submissions into extending Vales Point pollution licence close this week

November 09, 2021

Public submissions to the Environment Protection Authority’s review of Vales Point Power Station’s nitrogen dioxide emissions close at 5pm this Wednesday, November 10. [1]  Hundreds of people have added their name to a joint online submission by the NSW Nature Conservation Council. Central Coast...

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Address To The Nature Conservation Council of NSW Annual Conference

November 06, 2021

Delegates, ladies and gentleman.  I’ve travelled here this morning from Bidegal country in Sydney’s south, on the northern banks of the George’s River.  And I speak to you now from Gadigal land, here in Chippendale. I pay my respects to ancestors and elders of all...

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Legislating emissions targets would be a step forward for NSW

November 06, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council urges the NSW Government to support the ALP’s proposal make emissions targets legally binding by enshrining them in law. [1]  The NSW Government has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and halve them by 2030.   “We have applauded...

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