Dear Sir/Madam, Australia is a land of fragile ecosystems which need protection. Laws must not be made by people who don't understand ecology and biology. When one species is removed or decreased it impacts on the whole ecosystem. All species interact, from soil microbes, to insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. This is basic ecology, taught in schools. Our politicians must not act out of ignorance. I despair for our precious, unique in the world, wildlife. Each ecosystem is different and valuable of its own accord. I have seen how quickly the hardwood plantations in my district have grown and are now being harvested. If we must clear land, let it be done sustainably. We must not destroy natural habitats. There are precious few left. I oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. I am concerned that the proposed changes will increase land clearing and carbon pollution, push wildlife closer to the brink of extinction and undermine the sustainability of our farmland. I am particularly concerned with proposed changes that will: -> Repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 - these are important laws that have led to a significant decrease in land clearing and habitat loss; -> Remove the requirement to maintain or improve biodiversity values, leading to a decline in environmental outcomes, soil health, water quality and salinity; -> Limit important safeguards, such as red flag areas for environmentally sensitive areas; -> Expand the use of self-assessable codes, allowing landholders to clear trees with little oversight and; -> Increase the use of biodiversity offsets, with variations to like for like offsetting and allowing proponents to clear trees in exchange for paying money into a fund. I call on the government to withdraw the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Act and Local Land Services Amendment Act, and commit to laws which will genuinely improve outcomes for nature. Please count this as my submission to the proposed biodiversity conservation reform package. I give permission for this submission to be made public. Yours Sincerely, {Angela} {Froud {2470}

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