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Check out our new and improved website at We’re pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website, a dynamic portal keeping you up-to-date with our latest news, successes, campaign and program updates, and current developments affecting our environment. The rich content we’ve always provided on our site is now presented in an intuitive, dynamic design format that we hope you’ll find easy to use. Find out what it’s all about at and please let us know your feedback and suggestions. Our site will be expanded and refreshed on a regular basis, so check back frequently for new information, actions and tools.

Vision and leadership needed for NSW to become the clean, green state The NSW State election provides the ideal opportunity for a new era of investment in a healthier, more resilient environment for the benefit of nature, the economy and society, according to NSW’s leading environment groups. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW, National Parks Association, Total Environment Centre, Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Colong Foundation for Wilderness and the Wilderness Society recently launched a visionary agenda for the 2011 NSW election, Natural Advantage. Read more …

Jack Johnson supports marine parks in Australia Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Jack Johnson has come out in support of the importance of marine parks for the conservation of Australia's oceans and the creatures that call them home. On Thursday 9 December, Jack joined Nova's Ryan, Monty and Wippa at Bondi RSL to play some acoustic tunes down at Bondi. He urged people to visit the website and sign the petition in support of creating Sydney Marine Park. Add your voice to Jack's here. Jack is currently in Australia for his To The Sea tour, from which 100 per cent of the profits will go to charity and environmental groups. We were lucky enough to have a stall on the Village Green at his Sydney gig last Saturday. You can check out some of the supporters of a Sydney Marine Park on the day here.

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Click here or call Jane Garcia on (02) 9516 1488 to find out more about our special rates. Inside this edition of Nature News Online New site: Natural Advantage Marine park success Sydney Marine Park Tillegra Dam Mining and gas forum ICAC report: Part 3A NSW biodiversity strategy Member group news Latest NCC Submissions Submissions Open Positions Vacant Upcoming Events

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Thank you for helping to defeat the marine park moratorium proposal In the heart of Australia's

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Thanks to your support, the NSW government has withdrawn its backing of the Shooters Party's proposed five-year ban on new marine parks and sanctuaries in NSW. This is a great decision for marine conservation.

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We would like to thank the thousands of members and supporters who signed petitions, sent emails to MPs, called their local member, wrote letters to the editor, and spread the word through twitter and facebook. We also couldn't have done it without the invaluable support of more than 40 state and national environment groups who joined the Nature Conservation Council and National Parks Association in our calls against the proposed legislation. NSW government dumps Tillegra Dam proposal for Hunter

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The Nature Conservation Council has welcomed the decision by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally to scrap the proposal for Tillegra Dam in the Hunter Region. We are a member of the Save the Williams River Coalition and congratulate all the tireless local campaigners on a great outcome for the environment and community. The Tillegra Dam would have flooded a 2000 hectare area of land along the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park. River flows downstream of the dam would have been halved with potentially catastrophic consequences for native flora and fauna, including the platypus.

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Time to take a breath: NCC calls for moratorium on mining and gas expansion Recognising growing community concerns about the impacts of mining and coal seam gas development on human health, agricultural land and the natural environment, NCC has joined calls for a moratorium on mining and gas expansion, until a strategic planning framework and improved environmental safeguards are implemented. On 28 November, NCC convened a community forum on mining and gas, bringing together representatives from a wide range of community organisations concerned about the impacts of mining and gas development. The forum was organised in collaboration with the Mineral Policy Institute, with speakers from the NSW Farmers' Association, Total Environment Centre, Environmental Defender's Office and the Hunter Valley Protection Alliance.

If you're a grassroots environment organisation, we'd love to discuss the many benefits of becoming a member. Have a chat with Holly Creenaune on (02) 9516 1488.

Forum participants confirmed their shared commitment to protecting environmental values, agricultural land, water and community health and discussed strategies for raising the profile of mining and gas impacts in the 2011 NSW election. To read more about NCC's position on mining and gas expansion, check out NSW election platform, Natural Advantage.

Call for NSW planning process with ‘balance, integrity and legitimacy’ The concerns of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, community environment groups, hundreds of citizens and local councillors who opposed the concentration of planning powers in the hands of the

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Planning Minister under Part 3A laws have been vindicated by the ICAC report released this week. “It’s time to restore balance, integrity and legitimacy into the NSW planning process. Too many times the process has been shown to favour financial outcomes for private development, locking out meaningful community consultation in decision making and turning a blind eye to environmental assessments and impacts,” Nature Conservation Council of NSW Chief Executive Officer Pepe Clarke, said in our media release of 15 December. Read more …

Have your say on NSW's new biodiversity strategy The recent release of the draft NSW biodiversity strategy is a welcome and much needed step forward in NSW environmental policy. The Nature Conservation Council welcomes the emphasis on improved management of public lands, incentives for conservation on private land and improved integration with land-use planning and natural resource management. Ultimately, the success of the strategy will depend on strong political leadership. Ensuring a future for our threatened wildlife will require real action to prevent further habitat destruction and manage the impacts of invasive species and climate change. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 21 January 2011. Read more ...

Member Group news: Enjoy the World Heritage Experience Our member group, the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, recently launched a stunning website celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area at The site consists of up to 40 interactive images with audio from across the World Heritage area linked via an interactive map. These stunning immersive experiences are supplemented with stills, video and interpretive information about the unique cultural and environmental features of the World Heritage area and its preservation Read more ...

Seasons Greeting from the Nature Conservation Council We wish you all the best for the festive season and look forward to working with you in the coming year for a more sustainable future for NSW. Our office will be closed from Monday, 27 December 2010 until Tuesday, 4 January 2011. The next edition of Nature News will be on Friday, 21 January 2011 but in the meantime please visit for news and updates.

Latest Nature Conservation Council submissions

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Proposed grey nurse shark fishing closures - Fish Rock/Green Island Wednesday, 20 October 2010 Statutory Review of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 Friday, 12 November 2010 Proposed listing of the shortfin mako shark as ‘vulnerable’ under EPBC Act Monday, 15 November 2010 Proposed listing of the dusky whaler shark as ‘vulnerable’ under the EPBC Act Monday, 15 November 2010 Review of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 Friday, 19 November 2010 National Water Initiative 2011 Review Friday, 26 November 2010 Curracabundi Wilderness Assessment Report Tuesday, 14 December 2010 Guide to the Basin Plan: NCC submission Friday, 17 December 2010 Guide to the Basin Plan: IRN submission Friday, 17 December 2010 Submissions open Draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy Closing date: 5pm. Friday 21 January 2011 Statutory review of the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 Closing date: 5pm. Friday, 28 January 2011

Positions vacant Sustainability Engagement Officer: Lake Macquarie Council Closing date: 9am Monday, 20 December 2010 Natural Resources Officer - Bushfire: Wyong Shire Council Closing date: Wednesday, 22 December 2010 Coordinator Environmental Sustainability: Mosman Council Closing Date: Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Upcoming events Spotlight Prowl 5:00pm-7:00pm . Saturday, 18 December 2010 Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia Off the roundabout Sandgate Road, Shortland, NSW Do creatures of the night amaze you? A slight rustle in the bushes, flapping of unseen wings and a pair of glowing eyes staring down on you. Join our experienced guide on this easy paced walk Cost: $10 Adult, $5 Concession or $25 Family Urgent Rally: No Gas Drilling in Sydney 11:00am. Sunday, 19 December 2010 Near the approved drill site Cnr of Campbell Rd and Euston Street, St Peters Watershed Free Workshops

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No Dig Gardening 10.00am-12.00pm. Saturday, 15 January 2011 Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown Worm Farming 10.00am-12.00pm. Saturday, 15 January 2011 Newtown Library Natural Cleaning & Home Detox 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tuesday, 18 January 2011 Newtown Library Natural Baby Care 10.00am-12.00pm. Saturday, 29 January 2011 The Watershed, Newtown Charles Darwin in Australia 6:30pm-8:15pm. Tuesday,15 February 2011 Australian Museum, William Street entrance, 6 College Street, Sydney In celebration of Darwin Day, join geneticist Professor Frank Nicholas from the University of Sydney, as he shares some of Darwin's experiences in Australia through his field notes and diary. Cost: $30/$20 Members Book online here or call (02) 9320 6225 Did you like what you've read in this edition of Nature News Online?

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