Media Release, June 28, 2013
Greens Cowper candidate pleased that Greens amendments support landholders
“Our local towns, from Kempsey to Maclean, benefit from a healthy rural environment,” said Carol Vernon.
The Greens candidate for Cowper expressed her satisfaction that The NSW Legislative Council has agreed to two Greens amendments to the Local Land Services Bill 2013.
“The Greens are pleased that these sensible amendments to promote modern, scientific land management were adopted by the NSW Parliament, “ said Carol Vernon
The first amendment restores triple bottom line natural resource management, and the use of sound scientific knowledge in decision-making.
The second amendment (in italics) modified an existing object in the act “to provide a framework for financial assistance and incentives to landholders including, but not limited to, incentives that promote land and biodiversity conservation”
“Farmers and landholders who want to manage their land to promote environmental restoration and biodiversity deserve financial support,” she said.
“The Greens would like to see a system of rate reductions for landholders who dedicate parts of their land to environmental restoration or conservation.
“Compare these moves to support protection of the environment by the NSW parliament, to the stance of the federal Liberal/National parties for land and biodiversity conservation. On June 26 they refused to vote for Senator Milne’s motion for “a total prohibition on logging in any World Heritage areas in Australia, now and into the future.”
“Only Greens in the Senate will protect future biodiversity essential to our children’s heritage,” said Mrs Vernon.
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