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Koala endangered listing must compel NSW Government to act

February 11, 2022

Today’s announcement that koalas will be finally listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is a huge wake up call for protecting koala habitat in New South Wales.   “The endangered listing of koalas is a devastating reflection of the reality...

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Taxpayers have a right to see cost-benefit analysis for billion-dollar dams

February 02, 2022

The NSW Government plans to push through dam projects worth more than $1 billion without ever publicly releasing the full cost-benefit analysis.  “The government in its response to the NSW Upper House dams inquiry says it will not release the Final Business Cases for...

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ASIC asked to investigate Sweetman Renewables over woodchip contract claims

February 02, 2022

The Nature Conservation Council has referred Sweetman Renewables to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) after the company apologised for claims it had a $90m woodchip export contract with Japanese energy company Sinanen.  Several advertorials published on investor website Stockhead claimed the company...

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$50 million koalas package ignores the biggest threat — habitat loss

January 29, 2022

The Nature Conservation Council welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to spend $50 million on koala research and care, but the package fails to address the biggest threat the species faces. Habitat loss from logging and land clearing is the number-one threat to koalas and...

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Taxpayers fork out for most expensive water ever

January 18, 2022

The Federal Government today committed Australian taxpayers to effectively pay a record $20,000 per megalitre to recover water in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. [1]  Federal Environment Minister Keith Pitt has announced the government will allocate $126 million for water efficiency infrastructure to recover possibly just 7.4 gigalitres of water, with only 6.3 gigalitres to be returned to the environment  “That means every megalitre of water saved will cost taxpayers $20,076,” Nature Conservation Council Acting Chief...

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Labor and the crossbenchers key to overturning reckless floodplain water regulations

December 20, 2021

Labor and the crossbenchers should disallow the ecologically unsustainable and socially inequitable floodplain harvesting regulations that outgoing Water Minister Melinda Pavey rushed through last Friday. [1]    “These rotten regulations, virtually Ms Pavey’s last act as Water Minister, will leave a wretched legacy if they are allowed to stand,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Jacqui Mumford said.  “Ms Pavey promised to listen to river...

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Welcome, Environment Minister James Griffin, keep up the good work

December 20, 2021

Nature Conservation Council Acting Chief Executive Jacqui Mumford said: “I heartily welcome the appointment of James Griffin as the state’s next Environment Minister and urge him to continue to build on the solid foundations laid by his predecessor.  “Mr Griffin clearly has a strong interest in the portfolio. In...

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Christmas comes early for Port Macquarie koala colony

December 17, 2021

Koala lovers are celebrating today after almost 200 hectares of prime habitat near Port Macquarie were put beyond the reach of property developers.  NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean announced this morning the government, with a $3.5 million contribution from Koala Conservation Australia, had bought a 194ha block of forest next to Lake Innes...

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