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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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Western Sydney breathes a little easier thanks to waste incinerator decisions

September 10, 2021

Western Sydney residents can breathe a little easier today after the NSW Government ruled out plans to establish two waste-to-energy power stations, at Eastern Creek and Blacktown.  “This is great news for the community that has fought so hard to stop this proposal going ahead,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “Waste-to-energy...

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Government rules out appealing court order that EPA act on climate change

September 10, 2021

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean has announced the NSW EPA will not appeal this month’s landmark Land and Environment Court decision requiring the authority to act on climate change. [1]  “The Minister and the EPA Board have clearly made the right call,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “We look forward to working with the EPA in developing a series of credible policies that meet the awesome...

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WA leads the way – NSW needs a plan to end native forest logging

September 08, 2021

The NSW Government should follow the lead of Western Australia and set a date for an end to native forest logging in this state.  “Native forest logging has had its day. Our native forests are worth more standing because they store huge amounts of carbon and support an...

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Fresh approach to extinction crisis is welcome

September 07, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to a new suite of measures to protect the state’s most threatened species and ecosystems.  Environment Minister Matt Kean has committed to a target of zero extinctions in national parks and released details of a plan to designate key ecosystems and species as Assets of Intergenerational Significance (AIS) that...

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Let the Hume Coal decision mark the end of new coal projects in NSW

August 31, 2021

Climate change is a conspicuous omission in the list of reasons the NSW Independent Planning Commission has given for rejecting the proposed Hume Coal mine today. [1]  “The IPC’s decision is correct and welcome, but it is disappointing that the climate impacts were not mentioned given the International Panel on Climate Change issued its most sobering report to date just weeks ago,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian.  “Yes, the water impacts of this...

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