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Historic energy superpower plan passes parliament

November 25, 2020

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes the passage of the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill through NSW Parliament this afternoon with cross-party support after a marathon 32-hour sitting of the upper house. The bill will ensure about 60 wind and solar farms are built over the...

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Cusack saves the day, but koalas still at risk

November 20, 2020

The conservation movement applauds Liberal MLC ⁦⁦Catherine Cusack’s principled decision to block the National Party’s Local Land Services Amendment Bill in the upper house last night. “Congratulations and thank you to Liberal MLC ⁦⁦Catherine Cusack for risking so much to protect koalas and push...

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Nationals use bushfire response to further weaken land-clearing controls

November 19, 2020

The NSW Government has used its response to the Black Summer bushfires to sneak through new land-clearing laws that will destroy thousands of hectares of forest and woodland.  The Bushfires Legislation Amendment Bill that passed the Legislative Council last night with the support of...

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Nationals try to hoodwink Liberals on koala peace plan

November 11, 2020

Liberal MPs are starting to see through the Nationals’ deception about the changes to koala protections in NSW. At least one upper house Liberal has threatened to vote against the National’s Local Land Services Amendment Bill after realising it would prevent any more core...

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NSW energy superpower plan is a bold and crucial step for climate, jobs and power prices.

November 09, 2020

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes today’s NSW Government Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap as a crucial step towards making NSW a low-carbon economy.  “This plan is a step-change in ambition on clean energy,” said NCC Chief Executive Chris Gambian.. “It represents serious action on climate change...

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Massive expansion of national parks estate pledged at NCC conference

October 31, 2020

Environment Minister Matt Kean has pledged to add 400,000 hectares of wildlife habitat to national parks by 2022, doubling the area he promised to protect last August. Mr Kean announced the new target during his keynote address at the Nature Conservation Council’s annual conference...

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Bushfire Royal Commission commonsense recommendations welcome

October 30, 2020

The Commonwealth Bushfire Royal Commission has concluded hazard reduction burning is not a cure-all that will protect communities from catastrophic fire events. “The commissioners agree with us that hazard reduction is a vital tool in protecting communities and environmental assets,” Nature Conservation Council Chief...

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NSW Lower House moves koalas a step closer to extinction

October 22, 2020

The Coalition government’s Local Land Services Amendment Bill endangers koalas and scuppers any hope the government will achieve its goal of doubling koala populations by 2050. The bill passed the NSW lower house yesterday and is scheduled to be debated in the Legislative Council...

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Barilaro tantrum rewarded: Koalas lose out to property developers

October 19, 2020

The Nature Conservation Council calls on all state MPs to vote down a bill before the NSW Parliament that would exempt big agribusiness and property developers from koala protection laws in many circumstances. The government’s Local Land Services Amendment Bill, which will be voted...

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