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Licensing floodplain harvesting by Christmas would be reckless

December 16, 2021

Water Minister Melinda Pavey’s announcement she intends to issue floodplain licences before Christmas [1] recklessly disregards most of the 25 recommendations and 14 findings of yesterday’s parliamentary committee report. [2]  “Ms Pavey hardly had a moment to consider the Floodplain Harvesting committee’s report before declaring in the media that...

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EPA gives Vales Point licence to pollute for another five years

December 15, 2021

Vales Point power station will continue to be a major source of respiratory illness for children on the Central Coast after the Environment Protection Authority granted the facility a further five-year exemption from air quality standards.   While the EPA did marginally tighten standards in the licence, the changes will...

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Committee recommendations would improve water management, sustainability and Indigenous rights

December 15, 2021

The NSW Government should implement all the recommendations of the Legislative Council’s Floodplain Harvesting report to ensure the sustainable and prudent management of one of the state’s largest water resources. [1]   “We welcome the key findings of the report and urge the government to adopt all 25 recommendations,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Jacqui...

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Conservation groups take aim at Redbank biomass proposal as it goes to court

December 14, 2021

The Land and Environment Court begins a five-day hearing from today (Tuesday) into whether the Redbank power station in the Hunter Valley can substitute wood for coal and be subject to no further assessments.  The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, North East Forest Alliance and the Australian Forest and Climate Alliance are scheduled to give...

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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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