Comments

1. Extend the public comment period by a period of no less than six months and undertake genuine engagement of the community in the design of new biodiversity legislation.



2. Ensure the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 will:



prevent the extinction and promote the recovery of threatened species, populations and ecological communities;

protect critical habitat of threatened species, populations and ecological communities; and

avoid further species becoming threatened with extinction

3. Ensure that prior to clearing of vegetation in NSW, sites must be assessed by experienced, independent ecologists to ensure:



threatened fauna or flora species are not killed or destroyed

threatened species habitat is not removed or destroyed without direct offsets that meet strict criteria.

4. Commit to the necessary staff and funding resources for Local Land Services to certify and regulate vegetation management.



5. Establish an evidence-based approach for listing native species as 'exempt wildlife'


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