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Dear Sir/Madam, 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. Please see my comments about the value of trees near the end of this submission. 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. On a personal note, while I am not a resident of NSW, I regularly visit the state for bushwalking in its amazingly diverse national parks and landscapes. With regard to trees, every one provides life-giving oxygen to the planet; is a potential food source for a range of wildlife, including threatened species; has the potential to provide nesting habitat for wildlife, not just birds; is a carbon sink to help limit global warming. The clearing of trees only adds to carbon entering the atmosphere; provides nutrients to soil and surrounding vegetation; lowers the water table to reduce salinity; retains moisture in the soil by providing shade; reduces water run-off and subsequent soil erosion following heavy rainfall events; and acts as a wind break to limit soil erosion. 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, Glen Kraemer 5255

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