Dear Sir/Madam, The proposed biodiversity change is the most blatant and cynical breach of the state government's election promise of enhancing the State's 'biodiversity for the benefit of current and future generations'. This is unforgivable because NSW has already one of the most appalling records in environmental control. I therefore express my dismay and oppose the NSW Governments proposed new land clearing laws, and support stronger protection for bushland and wildlife. 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, Gisela Kaplan 2450

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