Dear Premier Mike Baird I oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. I am fear the proposed changes will increase land clearing (including rogue clearings) and carbon pollution, push wildlife closer to the brink of extinction and undermine the sustainability of our limited farmland. Indeed we should be preserving the limited carbon sinks of trees and vegetation in this era of global warming. I am particularly angered that proposed changes will: -> Repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 - these critically important laws have led to significant decreases 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 increase 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, Dr Elizabeth Mifsud 2780

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