Dear Sir/Madam, I vehemently oppose the NSW Governments proposed land clearing laws, and wholeheartedly support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. The proposed clearing laws will promote dangerous declines in biodiversity and fast track species extinction. In this day and age, I would expect a developed society such as Australia to value the benefits of retaining as much native vegetation as possible; not just for human well-being but for the well-being of our wildlife. We are a laughing stock on the world stage, with international media reporting utter disbelief with the State of NSW's proposed actions. It's utter madness and you are dragging us back to the dark ages. You have complete disregard for the National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development, and the legacy you will leave future generations who will have to clean up your mess! We all know it's a political appeasement to the National Party for dirty deals done to support your tyrannical reign. I am disgusted and ashamed to be Australian with this blatant destruction of our natural assets! 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. Shame on you Baird, I expected better of you. Fix up your mistakes! 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, Carol Martin Postcode: 2261

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