Independent review of the 'water trigger' legislation

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An independent review into the EPBC Act 'Water Trigger' was undertaken in 2015 to assess whether the water trigger legislation has been effective in protecting water resources from the impacts of coal seam gas (CSG) and large coal mining (LCM) developments. Our submission to this review acknowledged the water trigger legislation has established an effective framework for protection of water resources from the impacts of CSG and LCM projects but noted there are still significant gaps in research and knowledge to ensure the long-term protection and ecologically sustainable use of these valuable assets.

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Australian Pest Animal Strategy 2017-2027

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A review of this Strategy, that provides national guidance on management of vertebrate pest animals, was conducted in 2016. Our submission raised a number of concerns including the fact that the draft Strategy contains no detailed actions or description of outcomes to be achieved through identified goals and priorities. We also recommended that the Australian Government provide a greater leadership role in pest animal management and prevention including support for increased coordination of initiatives across jurisdictions.
NCSSA also supported the detailed submission made by the Invasive Species Council about this review.

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DCYP Bush Camping Locations

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We have serious concerns about the impact of bush camping on these important remnants of native vegetation and their nature conservation values

We strongly recommend the Council provide further details about the proposed expansion of these additional bush camping areas before proceeding with this proposal.

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Draft Native Vegetation Regulations 2016

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KatarapkoThe proposed changes in the draft NV Regulations support a shift from policies that avoid clearing toward policies that allow for clearing and offsetting. Overall, the changes proposed will be a significant watering down of regulations aimed at the protection of native vegetation. We challenge the assumption that there is a need to streamline the implementation of the NV Act.

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Tennyson Dunes Coast Park Concept Report

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Tim Milne Tennyson DunesThe Tennyson Dunes were declared a Conservation Reserve under the Crown Lands Management Act in September 2015. The contain important areas of remnant coastal vegetation and habitat for a number of state rated and regionally rare flora and fauna species. The Concept Report outlines the proposed development of a Discovery Trail in the Reserve. 

 NCSSA Comments on Tennyson Dunes Coast Park Concept Report