Dear Sir/Madam, I believe these draft bills represent a significant threat to biodiversity in NSW, and to the preservation of unique ecological communities. They do not protect high-value conservation areas which are irreplaceable once destroyed. Australia's shocking record on protecting endangered, threatened and vulnerable species of fauna and flora needs to be changed. I am opposed to 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. Particular concerns for me are that the 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; -> Allow landholders to remove native vegetation without checks and balances. An expanded use of any type of

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