One of the best investments NSW can make is the protection of nature. Healthy, natural ecosystems provide billions of dollars worth of goods and services essential for the wellbeing of local communities and businesses in NSW. From erosion control and flood mitigation to clean water and fresh fish, natural ecosystems underpin the social and economic fabric of this state.

The environment is consistently rated by NSW residents to be of huge importance. Failure to invest in sound management of land and natural resources imposes huge costs on local communities, particularly in rural areas, and increases vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

There is an urgent need for action to protect our native wildlife, restore our natural ecosystems to health and connect wildlife corridors across the state.

New Local Land Services

On 4 October 2012, the Minister for Primary Industries announced the creation of Local Land Services.The Local Land Services, which will start to operate from January 2014, will replace and deliver functions currently provided by:

  • Catchment Management Authorities
  • Livestock Health & Pest Authorities
  • The agricultural services of Agriculture NSW, part of the Department of Primary Industries.

The proposed changes will have important implications for natural resource management and the environment.

The Minister has established a Stakeholder Reference Panel to work with community and stakeholder groups to identify how the new organisation will best deliver valuable services to the people of rural and regional NSW.

The Reference Panel will be hosting a series of community consultation workshops in regional NSW between February and April 2013. To find the workshop closest to you, please visit the Local Land Services website. 

Talking points are available to download below.


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Take action today to defend our native landscapes and wildlife

Recently, the Shooters and Fishers Party announced that they plan to introduce legislation to repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003, the law that controls broadscale land clearing and regulates logging activities on private land.

This move represents a very real threat to one of our most important and hard won environmental laws.Premier O’Farrell has already shown that he is willing to make deals with the Shooters and Fishers, by opening up our national parks to hunting in exchange for their vote in the Upper House.

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Have your say: Native Vegetation Regulation

On 13 September 2011, the Minister for Environment announced the commencement of the review of the regulations for the Native Vegetation Act 2003. This includes a review of the Native Vegetation Regulation 2005, the Environmental Outcomes Assessment Methodology (EOAM) and the Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (PNF Code).

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Festival of Nature 2011

A celebration of nature across NSW

In September 2011, the national month of Biodiversity celebrate the unique, biodiverse and beautiful natural world with the Festival of Nature.

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Recreational shooting in state forests is not conservation

The State government must not cave in to demands from the Shooters Party and open up more than
3,900 square kilometres of public land to hunting in State Forest for the next decade1, according to the
Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

“Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson will give recreational hunters access to 142 state
forests over the next decade despite no credible evidence ad hoc, amateur hunting is an effective
method of feral animal control,” said CEO Pepe Clarke.

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Take a stand to protect the unique Gardens of Stone

Join us at an action for the Gardens of Stone tomorrow. The scenic and biodiverse Gardens of Stone is at risk from the destructive impacts of open cut coal mining.

At 12:30pm on Saturday 14 May, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society will hold a simple, 30 minute campaign action to help protect this precious piece of public land from destruction.

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Part 3A laws scrapped

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW has welcomed the decison by the new State government to abolish Part 3A of NSW's planning laws, beginning with an immediate halt to new applications.

Premier Barry O'Farrell says the scrapping of Part 3A would be done in stages. In the first phase, no new Part 3A applications for private residential, commercial, retail or coastal development will be accepted.

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Conservation groups release Liveable Western Sydney Policy

Environmental groups today launched a Liveable Western Sydney Policy to protect the environmental health of Sydney residents. The policy aims to curb sprawl, reduce air pollution and protect green spaces.

“Sydney’s environment is at the crossroads. Hundreds of thousands of people are exposed to unhealthy air; sprawl will worsen traffic congestion and eat up green spaces and bushland; and rising dirty energy costs. It’s not the sort of future anyone wants,” said Jeff Angel, Director of Total Environment Centre.

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Broad support for urgent end to flying-fox shooting in NSW

The Nature Conservation Council supports the NSW Farmers Association's recent calls for immediate State government action on the shooting of grey-headed flying foxes.

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