Dear Sir/Madam, I 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. 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. Mr Baird, do you really think in this day and age that large scale land clearing is acceptable to the public when we as tax payers are supporting a $2.5 Billion fund set up by the Federal Liberal Party to deter carbon emissions. So we employ a Green Army to reinstate destroyed wild areas, while also allowing Farmers to undertake large scale land clearing. Where is the logic in that? We don't need 100,000s of Croppa Creeks. If this is your legacy for the children of NSW's then I will certainly not be voting Liberal in either State or Federal elections. 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, Edward Caddle BSc. MBA 2035

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