Dear Madam/Sir, I am writing this submission as a citizen of New South Wales, as a landowner along the beautiful Deua River and as a Coordinator of the local Landcare group, Deua Rivercare. I strongly 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. It will cause more degraded land and more damage to river systems (like the one I live next to). There is a landowner on this river who had a huge erosion nick extend another forty metres further into arable land because of the recent rain events. The original cause of this erosion site was large scale clearing last century. Sometimes it takes a long time for the effects to come into play. 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. That fund is going to be really useful in the face of dramatic climate change, I think not!!! 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 the environment. Please count this as my submission to the proposed biodiversity conservation reform package. And I would appreciate it if my submission did not get put in the let's not take any notice of it; it is just one of those generic ones' pile. I don't see why I should have to reinvent the wheel when it has already been expressed so well!! I give permission for this submission to be made public. Yours Sincerely

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