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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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Government must prepare coal communities for for energy transition

October 14, 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) overnight sounded the death knell for global coal demand and yet there is still no credible plan for diversifying regional economies of Lithgow and the Hunter. [1] “The people of Lithgow and the Hunter region are being let down...

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Budget handouts for coal baron undermine climate goals

October 07, 2020

The Federal Government has included an undisclosed sum in the 2020-21 budget to help coal baron and Coalition donor Trevor St Baker maintain the Vales Point coal-fired power station. [1] “Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s $213 billion dollar deficit this year pales in comparison to...

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Listen to experts, not politicians, on bushfire risk management

October 06, 2020

Weakening the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code will not reduce bushfire risk in extreme conditions but it will push threatened species close to the brink, according to Nature Conservation Council CEO Chris Gambian.  “Cabinet is reportedly considering a proposal today to more than double the...

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Gas-giant Santos gets green light to desecrate the Pilliga forest

September 30, 2020

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) says that the Independent Planning Commission’s (IPC) approval of Santos’ Narrabri gas project is a blow to nature in the state. “Santos now has the green light to desecrate the Pilliga forest – turning it into an...

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