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A big new unfair tax: Baird’s Christmas present for NSW

The Baird Government’s proposed new state-wide emergency services tax will slug homeowners an extra $200 million a year to unfairly subsidise NSW businesses. The government’s own 2012 discussion paper made it clear that these changes will cost homeowners an extra $200 million a year while delivering businesses over $250 million in tax cuts. Baird’s big […]

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Tree culling documents expose NSW government’s anti-environment agenda

After a year-long legal struggle the NSW Greens have forced the Baird government to hand over a series of deeply damaging internal documents on the 10/50 tree culling code. The confidential government documents show the Office of Environment and Heritage, then under Minister Rob Stokes, actively working to oppose any environmental protections in the 10/50 […]

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Campaign to save Wyong’s trees launched

A community campaign to save Wyong’s trees has been launched to overturn Wyong Council’s new policy of allowing all trees on residential land of less than 1500m2 to be cleared without first obtaining Council approval.  As reported by the Central Coast Advocate: The policy was introduced after the April storms on top of the State Government’s controversial 10/50 […]

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Ugly politics produces ugly suburbs as Liberals attack trees

The appalling decision by Wyong Council last night that has removed all local protections for urban trees is a destructive, knee-jerk response to the extremely rare and severe storms in NSW. As reported by the ABC: New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge is urging Hunter councils not to make “knee-jerk” reponses when reviewing tree […]

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Rainforest clearing under 10/50 laws breached commonwealth protections – report says

A highly critical report on the clearing of hundreds of square metres of critically endangered littoral rainforest in the Tweed has been referred to the Federal Environment Minister for his urgent intervention. The clearing was carried out under controversial NSW 10/50 laws, and the report finds it has had a significant adverse impact on the […]

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Environment and Planning Ministers fail on 10/50 code

Documents from a recent GIPA to the Rural Fire Service on the 10/50 tree clearing code show that the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure failed to make any submissions to the RFS’ draft 10/50 code tree clearing code.  That code overrides all state legislation protecting threatened species, endangered […]

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Media Release: 10/50 pull back still metres from the mark

For the second time in the last months the Government has redefined the distance from bushland where the chainsaw-driven 10/50 entitlement clearing zone applies in. The latest change reduces the entitlement area for category one bush fire prone land to 100 metres from 350 metres, and for category two bushfire prone land from 150 metres […]

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