Thank you to everyone who participated in The Election Environment Forum. The evening was a great success, bringing together members of the community to have their environment, climate change and sustainability-related questions answered first hand by our political leaders.
We received almost 100 community questions before the event, capturing both the diverse range of community concerns, and many of the key priority areas identified in Natural Advantage. One of the highlights of the evening was a commitment from all parties not to allow any grazing, mining, logging or hunting in our National Parks.
A big thank you to Quentin Dempster for facilitating the lively panel debate, and to our political representatives Catherine Cusack (Coalition), Frank Sartor (Labor), and David Shoebridge (Greens).
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With the NSW election fast approaching, many community environment groups are hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates Forum’ or having a local launch of the Natural Advantage platform.
On March 26, voters go to the polls in the NSW election.
By joining us to demand answers to key environmental questions from our political leaders, you can help influence what kind of future we have in NSW.
You have the power, to help decide whether NSW achieves a healthy, sustainable future, or takes a path in which nature and our quality of life are irreversibly diminished for future generations.You can help defend our environment by demanding answers – find out where your local candidates stand on these critical issues for the future of our state and vote accordingly.
NSW’s planning system has become complex, highly politicised, and delivers poor environmental outcomes, according to an Environmental Defender’s Office NSW report commissioned by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and Total Environment Centre.
The State of Planning in NSW report presents a convincing case for an overhaul of existing planning laws to re-establish public participation and ensure more transparent planning laws that base decisions on the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD).
It identifies 10 key elements needed for an effective new planning act:
The NSW State Election provides the ideal opportunity for a new era of investment in a healthier, more resilient environment for the benefit of nature, the economy and society, according to NSW’s premier environment groups.
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, National Parks Association, Total Environment Centre, Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Wilderness Society have today launched a visionary agenda for the 2011 NSW election, Natural Advantage.
Photo: Richard Green