Save Our Native Vegetation

Save Our Native Vegetation

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The NSW Government is considering supporting a bill from the Shooters and Fishers Party that would gut native vegetation protections from legislation and lead to massive loss of native vegetation cover and biodiversity.

 A recent report by WWF estimates that the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 saw an 88 fold decrease in approved clearing – this Act was essential in stopping the broadscale clearing that was devastating the New South Wales environment and rural Australia.

 The Shooters and Fishers Party Native Vegetation Amendment Bill 2014 will fundamentally change the Act. It will remove the existing objective that native vegetation ...

The NSW Government is considering supporting a bill from the Shooters and Fishers Party that would gut native vegetation protections from legislation and lead to massive loss of native vegetation cover and biodiversity.

 A recent report by WWF estimates that the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 saw an 88 fold decrease in approved clearing – this Act was essential in stopping the broadscale clearing that was devastating the New South Wales environment and rural Australia.

 The Shooters and Fishers Party Native Vegetation Amendment Bill 2014 will fundamentally change the Act. It will remove the existing objective that native vegetation can only be cleared if it improves or maintains environmental outcomes. This would make it much easier to clear native vegetation. The bill also strips any reference to ecologically sustainable development, as well as removes any protections for groundcover and understory plants. It reduces the penalty for illegal clearing and obstructing a compliance officer ten-fold.

 The bill is also being debated while the independent review of biodiversity legislation is still underway, with more than 380 submissions made by the community currently being considered. For the government to support the bill now would clearly show how little it thinks of community consultation and evidence based decision making.

 Since 1788, 61% of the original native vegetation of NSW has been cleared, thinned or significantly disturbed, most of which has occurred in the last 50 years.  We simply cannot afford to lose any more.

 We still have time to convince the Government not to support this extreme Shooters and Fishers Party Bill.

 Email the Premier, the Environment Minister and all Upper House MPs. 

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Tell Premier Baird: Save Our Native Vegetation

Save our Native Vegetation

The NSW Government is considering supporting a bill from the Shooters and Fishers Party that would gut native vegetation protections from legislation and lead to massive loss of native vegetation cover and biodiversity.

 A recent report by WWF estimates that the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 saw an 88 fold decrease in approved clearing – this Act was essential in stopping the broadscale clearing that ...

Save our Native Vegetation

The NSW Government is considering supporting a bill from the Shooters and Fishers Party that would gut native vegetation protections from legislation and lead to massive loss of native vegetation cover and biodiversity.

 A recent report by WWF estimates that the introduction of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 saw an 88 fold decrease in approved clearing – this Act was essential in stopping the broadscale clearing that was devastating the New South Wales environment and rural Australia.

 The Shooters and Fishers Party Native Vegetation Amendment Bill 2014 will fundamentally change the Act. It will remove the existing objective that native vegetation can only be cleared if it improves or maintains environmental outcomes. This would make it much easier to clear native vegetation. The bill also strips any reference to ecologically sustainable development, as well as removes any protections for groundcover and understory plants. It reduces the penalty for illegal clearing and obstructing a compliance officer ten-fold.

 The bill is also being debated while the independent review of biodiversity legislation is still underway, with more than 380 submissions made by the community currently being considered. For the government to support the bill now would clearly show how little it thinks of community consultation and evidence based decision making.

Since 1788, 61% of the original native vegetation of NSW has been cleared, thinned or significantly disturbed, most of which has occurred in the last 50 years.  We simply cannot afford to lose any more.

 We still have time to convince the Government not to support this extreme Shooters and Fishers Party Bill.

Email the Premier, the Environment Minister and all Upper House MPs. 

 

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