Dear Sir/Madam, What is the purpose of the new clearing law? And what areas may be affected?! I support more trees , not less trees! I am disgusted by the removal of majestic 100+ year old trees near my home in Randwick to make way for the light rail. Whilst I support cleaner modes of transport, why weren't the communities concerns about the removal of these trees listened to? Was it so hard to find an alternative path to avoid the destruction you have caused already? If the lightrail really is about a cleaner future why not place it on the already cleared roadways to encourage less cars in our transport system? The NSW Government doesn't seem to have a problem downsizing 3 public roadways down to 1 when it means funneling motorists into privately funded toll roads. And why has work on the light rail continued when the largest find of 3000 year old Aboriginal artefact's was uncovered during construction. I am disappointed and disgusted with the way you have treated My Sydney and My Community. When will you stop the transparent colluding and actually start consulting? I would appreciate answers to all of the above questions. It's not too late to make Tomorrow's Sydney one that we can all be proud of. And 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. 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, Ellena Flikier 2031

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