We ask that the NSW ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND ASSESSMENT AMENDMENT (TERRITORIAL LIMITS) BILL is withdrawn.
Why is this important?
On 17th March 2020 the NSW Parliament will be debating a bill to REMOVE consideration of climate change for new coal mines and gas fields. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Territorial Limits) Bill has been created in direct response to pressure from the mining industry because the Independent Planning Commission has taken the contribution that coal mines make to climate change into account recently.
It is insane that given the current bushfire crisis and ongoing drought that the NSW Government is even entertaining mining lobby desires that so clearly fly in the face of appropriate action on climate change.
We know the mining and burning of fossil fuels are the #1 cause of dangerous climate change, which increases the intensity of extreme weather events like these bushfires. And we also know that Australia is a small player in the total global “game” - but this is no justification for making bad environmental decisions.
It is imperative that the NSW Goverment takes strong action to reduce our state's contribution to climate change.
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The parliamentary year in NSW has ended and the EP&A Amendment (Territorial Limits) Bill did not proceed to second reading debate in the Legislative Assembly. It is now being considered by the Legislative Council's standing Portfolio Committee for environment and planning.