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Private Forestry bill to get NSW Upper House review

native forest bill

Environmental, beekeeper and farmer concerns Submissions close 30 May 2018 THE FORESTRY LEGISLATION Amendment Bill 2018 transfers much of the responsibility for the management of Private Native Forestry from the EPA to Local Land Services. It also amends the Forestry Act 2012 and Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016*  to “update” the regulatory

Barilaro suggests new coal power station

BACK IN JUNE, The District Bulletin reported on the Berejiklian Government’s unholy appetite for selling off serviceably performing public assets for little apparent public gain. RELATED STORY: Selling NSW by the pound, while losing your $$. In an eye-watering act of the counterintuitive, Monaro local member, Deputy Premier and Leader of the Nationals

Legal challenge to NSW land-clearing codes

AT THE END of November the NSW Nature Conservation Council launched legal proceedings in the Land and Environment Court seeking to overturn controversial land-clearing codes made under the Local Land Services Act earlier this year. “We are taking the Berejiklian government to court to scrap its destructive land-clearing laws, to defend

Australia Institute report on money trail from fossil fuel companies to Liberal Party

Queensland case studies: can NSW be far behind? Australia Institute press release A new report reveals a web of political donations, special access and secret lobbying behind controversial mining projects. The report examines 6 highly controversial QLD resource projects and highlights the strong connection of these companies to QLD and federal political parties.

Election 2016: Labor details federal environmental protection authority

ABC news report By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin Federal Labor says, if elected, it would consider giving the green light to a national environmental protection authority, as part of plans to return conservation controls to federal hands. The Opposition said the Commonwealth should take back environmental assessment powers to "repair the enormous damage that's

Palerang going ahead with rate rise exercise

While waiting to hear the NSW verdict on forced amalgamation with Queanbeyan, (verdict promised before Christmas), Palerang councillors resolved 7–2 at their December meeting to proceed with the special rate variation exercise. According to every councillor who spoke for going ahead, proposing some level of rate rise is required for Palerang’s

Election roundup: Personality politics, backed by two party $$ won in Monaro

Report by Robin Tennant-Wood with contributions from other Bulletin election observers Sifting the tea-leaves after the NSW election, what impact did the campaigns, the personalities, the issues or the policies have on the outcome? Despite a state-wide swing towards Labor of 8.6%, New South Wales voters returned the Liberal-National Coalition government

Free speech under threat with ag-gag laws

by Ben Latham. INSPIRED BY legislation introduced in several states in America, politicians in NSW and elsewhere are currently discussing establishing ‘ag-gag’ laws, which specifically seek to censor investigations that expose animal cruelty and abuse in factory farms. Most cases of animal cruelty on Australian farms are exposed by undercover investigations by