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Dear Sir/Madam I am writing to you to express my concern regarding the government's proposal to introduce devastating new land clearing laws. Without a dramatic change in attitude our most iconic species, such as bettongs, quokkas, rock-wallabies, even koalas face a very uncertain future. Also, rampant land clearing undermines the sustainability of farmland increases carbon pollution. I implore you to dramatically boost conservation worm, rather than destroy it. 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, {Heather Barnard 2484

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