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Dear Sir/Madam, When I worked at the National Museum of Australia one of the displays that impressed itself on me was with regard to the avalanche of extinctions our colonising of Australia un leashed. Back then the early settlers did not understand the potential impact of their actions. Now we cannot escape from the knowledge that our actions can still have catastrophic impacts. The NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws are such an action and as such aI vehemently oppose them, In stead I stand for 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. Good farm husbandry goes hand in hand with sustainability of our farmland. It does not work to destroy that which sustains and enriches including the vulnerable wild species such as our iconic koalas. How can a government propose such legislation and apparently give not just lip service but economic support for the wide variety of land care efforts embraced by so many on the land. What is being proposed is a form of ecocide. What's more this will be assisted with my tax payer dollars - disgraceful and certainly not in my name. 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, Ann Darbyshire 2581

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