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75 hectares of habitat lost each day in NSW

June 30, 2022

Latest land clearing data shows 75 hectares of wildlife habitat is bulldozed or logged every day in NSW, almost twice the average annual rate recorded before the Coalition overhauled nature laws in 2016. [1]  The annual Statewide Land and Tree Study (SLATS) data shows...

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EPA pings Forestry Corp a third time in six days for allegedly breaking environmental laws

June 23, 2022

Forestry Corporation has been prosecuted and fined three times in the past six days for alleged illegal logging operations in koala habitat and fire-affected forests.  Today, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced it had fined Forestry Corp $15,000 (the maximum penalty) for failing to...

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Precious Callala Bay wildlife habitat must be protected

June 21, 2022

Threatened species including greater gliders, eastern pygmy possums and powerful owls will all lose vital habitat if the NSW Government allows a property developer to destroy 40 hectares of mature coastal forest at Callala Bay. [1]  “The bushland around Callala Bay and Lake Wollumboola...

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Budget fails to tackle key threat to biodiversity — habitat destruction

June 21, 2022

In response to spending in the environment portfolio announced in today's state budget, Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said:     “We welcome new funding in the budget for national parks and private land conservation — farmers should be supported to do the right...

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Dendrobium mine expansion plan still poses unacceptable risks to drinking water and climate

June 14, 2022

The Nature Conservation Council has urged the NSW Planning Department to reject the expansion of Dendrobium coal mine in Sydney’s drinking water catchment. [See submission attached.]   South32’s previous application to expand the mine was rejected by the Independent Planning Commission in 2021 because of...

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ASIC escalates investigation into Sweetman Renewables

June 14, 2022

ASIC has escalated the Nature Conservation Council’s complaint about possibly misleading and deceptive conduct by Cessnock-based energy start-up Sweetman Renewables to a full-blown inquiry.  “We wrote to the nation’s corporate watchdog last December with concerns the company may have made false statements to the...

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Record $1.2 billion renewable energy infrastructure budget vital to meet state’s 2050 target

June 10, 2022

The NSW Government’s record $1.2 billion renewable energy infrastructure investment is a vital step in making NSW carbon neutral by 2050. [1]   “This announcement will drop another vital piece into the state’s renewable energy puzzle,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.   “NSW has...

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