EPBC Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020

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The NCSSA does not support handing over decision-making power under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) to the States and Territories. Billed as 'streamlining', this reform would actually weaken national environmental protection because States and Territories are not resourced for, nor charged with the remit of, ensuring the adequate protection of Matters of National Environmental Significance as identified in the EPBC Act.

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Pastoral Lands Bill consultation

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NCSSA does not support the proposed Pastoral Lands Bill. It does not reflect the outcomes of public consultation on the current Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989, and it does not explicitly provide for nature conservation in the rangelands.
Pastoralism is not the only legitimate land use across this vast expanse of South Australia, and any new regulatory framework must reflect this. Specifically, lease holders should be pro-actively supported to manage all or part of their leases for nature conservation, including by deriving income from emerging environmental markets such as carbon offsetting.

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Wilderness Protection Areas on Kangaroo Island – management plan rewrite

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In "re-writing" the management plans for five Wilderness Protection Areas on Kangaroo Island, NCSSA called for their outstanding wilderness quality to be preserved. Protecting these large, intact natural ecosystems is particularly important in light of a changing climate since they provide opportunity for the migration and adaptation of species in a way that smaller reserves do not.

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Proposed clearance of scattered trees at Gawler for the Springwood development

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mallee boxNCSSA questioned why clearance of these unusually large Mallee-box trees, likely to be very old, cannot be avoided and called for them to be incorporated in the open, green space planned for this large housing development near Gawler.

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Proposed changes to SA's marine parks

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oyster reefNCSSA strongly opposed proposed changes to South Australia's Marine Park network and associated Sanctuary Zones. Fishers impacted by the establishment of 'no-take' areas have already been compensated, and an independent scientific review did not support making any changes to the reserve system.

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