Dear Sir/Madam, I strongly support the objections spelled out below. I would also like to object to the further damage to our biodiversity and our water supplies from logging the State's public native forests. Until a few months ago I lived on the Far South Coast (postcode 2546), saw the damage at close hand, and think that especially as climate change puts more stresses on our unique natural resources we need to be doing far more to set policy directions that protect them. Most good farmers also believe that the health of the native vegetation on their land is an important ingredient of successful, environmentally sound farming. Yours sincerely Heather Kenway (2602) 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. 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 Kenway (2602)

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