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Government’s vision for more liveable communities is a step in the right direction

December 10, 2021

The conservation movement welcomes the intention of the NSW Government’s draft Design and Place SEPP to make the planning system better serve the needs of people and the environment.    They warned, however, that government will have to resist the developer wrecking ball.  Total Environment...

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NSW Government must back in parliament’s support for Aboriginal cultural fishing

December 02, 2021

A coalition of concerned leaders and organisations has called on the NSW government to take urgent action to rectify out-of-date fisheries laws that result in unjust prosecutions of Aboriginal fishers. The call comes after the NSW Legislative Council passed a resolution last week supporting...

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Homeless and harassed – koala Ella rescued six times in 12 months

December 01, 2021

The heartbreaking story of koala Ella in today’s Sydney Morning Herald is a stark demonstration of the failure of the NSW Government’s environment laws. [1]  “Koala Ella’s plight is shocking but sadly it is not an isolated incident — it’s happening right across NSW,” Nature Conservation Council Acting Chief Executive Jacqui Mumford said.    “Wildlife is being constantly harassed and...

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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 with 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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