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; NSW has a high rate of loss of biodiversity , threatened species need to be protected effectively and laws should be strengthened in this regard not weakened. -> Remove the requirement to maintain or improve biodiversity values, leading to a decline in environmental outcomes, soil health, water quality and salinity; A look north to Chinchilla will reveal some of the irreversible devastation caused to soil and farmland. Legislation must be strengthened not weakened. -> 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; While self-assessable may be an ideal thought, unfortunately not everyone is honest or will not have We have seen this in urban areas, with owners demolishing healthy trees because it increases profit from their development, and demonstrate no concern for nature, the environment or the amenity of neighbours. Why will this self-assessment be any more successful with the conflict of interest that will exist for many people. -> 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. Ensure that offset areas are genuinely effective. 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, Elizabeth Croft 2119

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