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Mt Piper to close five years sooner than announced last month?

October 12, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council urges state and federal government to fast-track transition planning for Lithgow after one the nation’s leading energy experts warned coal-fired power generation could end in Australia by 2035 or sooner.  The Australian Financial review reported today:  Energy Security Board chairman...

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New leadership must accelerate climate action and strengthen wildlife protections

October 06, 2021

The state’s peak environment group urges the new Premier and Deputy Premier to slash climate pollution and strengthen wildlife protections to deal with the twin climate and extinction crises.   “I congratulate Dominic Perrottet and Paul Toole on their elevation to the position of Premier and Deputy Premier in NSW,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “The...

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Climate-based legal challenge to NSW water-sharing plan

October 06, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council has launched legal proceedings to have the Border Rivers Water Sharing Plan 2021 ruled invalid, alleging it was made without properly considering the future impacts of climate change. [1]  It is the first time in Australia — and possibly the world — that a catchment-wide water sharing instrument has been challenged on climate-related...

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Newcastle City Council passes motion opposing woodchip and biomass plans for the city, region

September 30, 2021

The NSW Nature Conservation Council congratulates Newcastle City Council’s opposition to plans to restart woodchip exports from the Port of Newcastle and expand the biomass industry in the region. The council’s position was outlined in a motion passed at a council meeting on the 28th of September.   “It is fantastic to see Newcastle...

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NSW commits to halving climate pollution this decade

September 29, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to halving climate pollution by 2030.  “NSW’s progress is a brilliant demonstration that protecting our planet also creates jobs and attracts investment,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.   “Today’s announcement shows what is possible when a government accepts the reality...

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Too soon? Energy Australia must go harder on coal closure

September 23, 2021

If Energy Australia wants to be considered a responsible corporate citizen, it must shut its coal-fired power plants by 2030 at the latest.   Energy Australia today committed to ending all coal-fired power generation by 2040, which means Mt Piper will shut two years earlier than...

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Illegal floodplain harvesting works should be removed within 12 months

September 21, 2021

The NSW Government should audit all floodplain harvesting structures and order the removal of any that lack planning approval within 12 months.    The audit and the compliance blitz are two of the key recommendation the Nature Conservation Council has made to the NSW Legislative...

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Bylong Valley spared from coal mining again

September 14, 2021

Bylong Valley has again been spared destruction by coal mining. The valley’s salvation this time was delivered by the NSW Court of Appeal, which this morning rejected KEPCO’s appeal against an earlier refusal. [1]  The Korean mining giant had bought prime farmland in Bylong Valley near Mudgee in the state’s Central West and planned to construct a 6.5 million-tonnes-a-year coal...

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Rural Boundary Clearing Code opens up more bushland for destruction

September 13, 2021

A new land-clearing code introduced by the NSW Government on Saturday could result in thousands of hectares of previously protected bushland being cleared on the spurious grounds of bushfire risk reduction. [1]  “The new Rural Boundary Clearing Code could see thousands of hectares of wildlife habitat destroyed without requiring independent assessment of the environmental impacts,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive...

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