Dear Sir/Madam, I oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. It is estimated that only 9% of our landscapes in NSW can be considered healthy. I am concerned that the proposed changes will increase land clearing and carbon pollution, further increase land degradation and soil erosion, push wildlife closer to the brink of extinction and undermine the sustainability of our farmland. The laws as proposed currently will hamper the efforts by the Federal Government to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. 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. It is estimated that over 1,000 species of plants and animals are threatened of extinction in NSW. These species are already facing increasing impacts from climate change. By repealing laws that have been effective in protecting habitat, I am deeply concerned that we will see the extinction of many species whether flora or fauna. -> Remove the requirement to maintain or improve biodiversity values, leading to a decline in environmental outcomes, soil health, water quality and salinity. According to the Federal Department of the Environments website

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