Parliamentary inquiries and Government consultation processes are a vital component of shaping New South Wales. If you have views or expertise in one of the below areas, consider contacting my office, or even making a submission to the Committee or Minister yourself.
- Submission to Proposed Biodiversity Legislation
The Baird Government has released their proposed Biodiversity law ‘reforms’ and they are even worse than we thought. They drastically weaken the current system of environmental protection and are a recipe for disaster.
Head to our Submission Guide by June 28, 2016, to make your voice heard.
- NSW Biodiversity Legislation Review – Due Friday 5 September
The Liberal/National NSW Government has been relentless in its attacks on the environment. We’ve seen fishing commence in sanctuary zones, the watering down of the Native Vegetation Regulation, horse-riding trials in wilderness areas, burning of native vegetation for electricity, recommendations of logging in state conservation areas such as Brigalow and Nandewar …the list goes on.
And now the Government is in the process of reviewing key pieces of conservation and biodiversity legislation (Biodiversity Legislation Review).
The gutting of the Native Vegetation Act was foreshadowed by the National Party and the Shooters and Fishers have introduced a Bill which could take us back to the days of broad-scale clearing.
The risk that our hard fought for conservation and biodiversity laws will be weakened is very real unless we all act now to protect them.
As the Greens NSW Spokesperson for the Environment, I will be making a submission to the review but it is crucial that you voice your concerns and make a submission calling on the government to strengthen protections for our precious environment.
The Nature Conservation Council has developed a submission guide to assist with making your submission.
- Proposed Animal Guidelines Review
- Review of Weed Management in NSW – Due 6 December
The Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has requested the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to undertake an independent evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of weed management arrangements in NSW with a view to inform the further development of the proposed NSW Biosecurity Act, and other relevant strategies under the NSW Biosecurity Strategy.
As an initial step in the review the NRC has prepared an issues paper now available for public comment based on initial consultation and research. The purpose of this paper is to:
- clarify priority issues
- get stakeholder and community views about barriers and opportunities for more effective weed management
- seek to identify any additional issues
- identify relevant evidence to inform the review.
- Review of CBD and South East Light Rail Project Environmental Impact Statement – due 16/12/13
Construction and operation of a light rail service from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick via Surry Hills, including approximately 20 light rail stops, interchanges at ferry, rail and bus stations along the route and the transformation of a section of George Street between Hunter Street and Bathurst Street, Sydney into a pedestrian zone. The project also includes stabling/maintenance facilities, interchanges with heavy rail, bus and ferry services, integration with the existing light rail system, and public domain improvements.
The proposed new light rail service would include:
– A total of 20 light rail stops;
– A pedestrian zone along part of George Street, Sydney, between Hunter and Bathurst Streets;
– Approximately 12 substations to provide power for the light rail vehicles;
– A stabling facility at Randwick; and
– A maintenance facility in Lilyfield.
The EIS and submission information are available here
- Submission to the Preferred Project Report (PPR) for the Proposed Port Waratah Coal Services Terminal 4 Project – Due 22 November 2013
The Preferred Project Report for the Proposed Port Waratah Coal Services Terminal 4 Project is currently under exhibition.
- Greyhound racing in NSW (Inquiry) – Due 6 November 2013
This inquiry is a current Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the Greyhound racing in NSW Committee. This Inquiry was established to inquire into and report on greyhound racing in New South Wales. Submissions close on 6 November 2013.
- Removing or reducing station access fees at Sydney Airport (Inquiry) – Due 13 November 2013
This inquiry is a current Legislative Council inquiry conducted by the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3. The General Purpose Standing Committee commenced its Inquiry into removing or reducing station access fees at Sydney Airport on Thursday 19 September 2013. The Committee invited public participation on the Inquiry process; submissions are now open until 13 November 2013.
- Options for the Future of Glebe Island Bridge – Due 15 November
Community feedback has been invited regarding possible options for the future of Glebe Island Bridge, following the release of an options report. The independent report was commissioned following a recommendation by the NSW Government Bays Precinct Taskforce that the costs and benefits of retaining or removing the bridge be examined. Submissions are now open until 15 November 2013.
- Sydney City Centre Access Strategy
The Sydney City Centre Access Strategy is available for public comment between 11 September and 25 October 2013.
If you would like to provide comments on how the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy could be strengthened, complete the form here.