Dear Premier Baird I am writing to oppose your Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and to 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; the lessons are clear in this; remove habitat, you lose diversity; lose diversity and you compromise the health of the environment -> Remove the requirement to maintain or improve biodiversity values, leading to a decline in environmental outcomes, soil health, water quality and salinity; our legacy to our children should be one of continuous improvement in these areas, not impoverishment. -> Limit important safeguards, such as red flag areas for environmentally sensitive areas; how else do you plan to protect these areas; once gone, they are never recovered. -> Expand the use of self-assessable codes, allowing landholders to clear trees with little oversight and we know where this leads, more loss of cover on our dry land. -> 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. This money salves the conscience; it does not protect the environment; it encourages further degradation. 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. Yours Sincerely, {Elizabeth} Wilson} {2065}

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