As you may be aware, the NSW Government is conducting a wide ranging review of four crucial pieces of conservation legislation, called the Biodiversity Legislation Review. The Government has established the Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel (the Panel) to provide advice regarding the review.
The Panel has released an Issues paper which is now available for public comment until September 5, 2014. Information on the Review is available on the Governments website here.
The Review will encompass the Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001 and sections of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
NCC is deeply concerned with the motivations behind the review and will be mounting a significant campaign to ensure that decades’ worth of conservation legislation is not lost.
We are producing a submission guide and will have communications materials available throughout the review process to encourage members to engage supporters across the State in defence of our hard fought protections.
We are also working with several other conservation organisations to produce an online survey to feed in information from across NSW regarding what is and isn’t working with the existing legislation. The results will be included in our overall submission and provide very useful information from across the State.
Thank you for all you do to protect nature in NSW. We will be in touch shortly with a submission guide.
Daisy, Cerin and Karl.