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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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Funding for on-farm habitat restoration in the Central West is welcome

August 31, 2021

The Federal Government’s new Enhancing Remnant Vegetation Pilot project will provide much-needed investment in habitat restoration in the heavily cleared Central West region of NSW.  The project, announced today by Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, will also hopefully advance our understanding of the most effective habitat restoration techniques, which can then be...

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Slaying of zombie gas exploration licences welcome, but Narrabri gas project should also be canned

July 21, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes the government's announcement today that 8 out of 12 ‘zombie’ petroleum exploration licenses (PELs) will be cancelled, and calls for the remaining PELs on the Liverpool Plains to be cancelled as well.  “Coal seam gas industrialises the landscape and threatens water quality and quantity, so we...

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Developers to gain more say under proposed planning policy

July 09, 2021

Environment groups are calling on the NSW Government to include best practise mandatory standards for tree canopy cover, climate action, parkland and urban heat mitigation in a new planning policy due to take effect for all urban areas by the end of 2021.  Planning...

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150 hectares of habitat lost each day in NSW

June 29, 2021

Latest land clearing data shows 150 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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Biodiversity offsetting should only be used as a last resort and adhere to international best practice

June 25, 2021

25 June 2021  Biodiversity offsetting should only be used as a last resort and adhere to international best practice  The conservation movement welcomes the inquiry into the NSW biodiversity offsetting scheme announced by the Legislative Council’s Environment and Planning Committee.  “There have been serious concerns about...

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Floodplain harvesting inquiry is a chance to clear the air after government’s failed floodwater giveaway

June 23, 2021

23 June 2021  The Nature Conservation Council looks forward to contributing to the NSW Upper House inquiry into floodplain harvesting announced today.  “The inquiry follows the introduction earlier this year of poorly designed regulations that would have transferred billions of dollars’ worth of public water into private...

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Senate must reject Nationals' attempts to further undermine the Basin Plan

June 23, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council calls on all Senators to defend the Murray-Darling River system and reject proposed National Party amendments to the Water Legislation Amendment (Inspector-General of Water Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2021.  “The proposed amendments will substantially hamper attempts to restore the...

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Maintaining strict limits on the use of bromadiolone is good news for wildlife

June 23, 2021

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinarian Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) has rejected a dangerous proposal to use bromadiolone around the perimeter of crops to control the state’s mouse plague.  “The APVMA’s decision is a sensible result,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “Everybody said when this dangerous proposal was floated that bromadiolone was completely unsuitable for broadscale application.  “Thank goodness sense...

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