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Newcastle City Council passes motion opposing woodchip and biomass plans for the city, region

September 30, 2021

The NSW Nature Conservation Council congratulates Newcastle City Council’s opposition to plans to restart woodchip exports from the Port of Newcastle and expand the biomass industry in the region. The council’s position was outlined in a motion passed at a council meeting on the 28th of September.   “It is fantastic to see Newcastle...

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NSW commits to halving climate pollution this decade

September 29, 2021

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to halving climate pollution by 2030.  “NSW’s progress is a brilliant demonstration that protecting our planet also creates jobs and attracts investment,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.   “Today’s announcement shows what is possible when a government accepts the reality...

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Too soon? Energy Australia must go harder on coal closure

September 23, 2021

If Energy Australia wants to be considered a responsible corporate citizen, it must shut its coal-fired power plants by 2030 at the latest.   Energy Australia today committed to ending all coal-fired power generation by 2040, which means Mt Piper will shut two years earlier than...

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Illegal floodplain harvesting works should be removed within 12 months

September 21, 2021

The NSW Government should audit all floodplain harvesting structures and order the removal of any that lack planning approval within 12 months.    The audit and the compliance blitz are two of the key recommendation the Nature Conservation Council has made to the NSW Legislative...

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Bylong Valley spared from coal mining again

September 14, 2021

Bylong Valley has again been spared destruction by coal mining. The valley’s salvation this time was delivered by the NSW Court of Appeal, which this morning rejected KEPCO’s appeal against an earlier refusal. [1]  The Korean mining giant had bought prime farmland in Bylong Valley near Mudgee in the state’s Central West and planned to construct a 6.5 million-tonnes-a-year coal...

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Rural Boundary Clearing Code opens up more bushland for destruction

September 13, 2021

A new land-clearing code introduced by the NSW Government on Saturday could result in thousands of hectares of previously protected bushland being cleared on the spurious grounds of bushfire risk reduction. [1]  “The new Rural Boundary Clearing Code could see thousands of hectares of wildlife habitat destroyed without requiring independent assessment of the environmental impacts,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive...

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Western Sydney breathes a little easier thanks to waste incinerator decisions

September 10, 2021

Western Sydney residents can breathe a little easier today after the NSW Government ruled out plans to establish two waste-to-energy power stations, at Eastern Creek and Blacktown.  “This is great news for the community that has fought so hard to stop this proposal going ahead,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “Waste-to-energy...

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Government rules out appealing court order that EPA act on climate change

September 10, 2021

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean has announced the NSW EPA will not appeal this month’s landmark Land and Environment Court decision requiring the authority to act on climate change. [1]  “The Minister and the EPA Board have clearly made the right call,” Nature Conservation Council Chief Executive Chris Gambian said.  “We look forward to working with the EPA in developing a series of credible policies that meet the awesome...

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Conservation movement vows high impact campaign to prevent woodchip exports from Newcastle

September 08, 2021

The conservation movement is mobilising to block a new plan to export 60,000 tonnes of native forest woodchips annually to fuel a Japanese power station. [1]  The company behind the proposal, energy start-up Sweetman Renewables [2], has gone to market seeking $4 million from investors to kick start it plans, which include supplying native forest biomass to Redbank power station near Singleton and its customer in...

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