The draft Bill would change the nature of NSW biodiversity protections:
* From our current regulatory system where the impact of development proposals is assessed (where unacceptable impacts are refused and/or challenged in court);
* To an offset based system where developments are approved so long as funds are paid to protect and restore biodiversity elsewhere (with no effective refusal or challenge in court)
The draft Bill will remove virtually all legal avenues for the public to effectively oppose developments which harm our endangered wildlife. Illegal direct action would become the only effective avenue for community to oppose unacceptable impacts on our natural heritage.
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