Dear Sir/Madam, Honestly, is there any long term thinking going into these laws? The environment has to be our number 1 priority. I would prefer for our children, and their children and so on, to actually have a future world to live in. If you understood biodiversity you would understand that we live as part of a system. Keep taking away parts of that system and it all breaks down. I STRONGLY oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. I am highly 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 the environment. Please count this as my submission to the proposed biodiversity conservation reform package. I give permission for this submission to be made public. I mean ensuring that our kids have a future by making sure we protect our environment seems to be a no brainer. Most constituents believe the NSW government to be in the pocket of big corporations without thought to community and environment, prove us wrong! Yours Sincerely, Erin Lam

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