Dear Sir/Madam, I oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. I have been Involved in land care in Coffs Harbour area for over ,20 years. Millions of dollars and volunteer labour have been used, working to improve and rehabilitate vegetation, watercourses and protect threatened flora and fauna. These new laws will undo everything that has been achieved, it will return to DIY no monitoring no accountability and irreparable damage to the environment. Spend some time and look at what is actually happening on the ground, see the real people who have no hidden agendas or financial gains to be made. We need a healthy environment to survive not the other way around. 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, Connie Seward 2450

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