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NSW ELECTION: TEC LAUNCHES SYDNEY BASIN KOALA POLICY

Voters living in the region from the Shoalhaven to Western Sydney to the Hunter and Port Stephens should know what the political parties and independent candidates are going to do, to save our neighbouring Koala colonies from extinction after decades of legislative failure.

KOALA VOTES IN NSW

The first shot in the Koala election policy contest by the ALP is a welcome and major step. Jeff Angel, Total Environment Centre's Executive Director says, "We next look forward to hearing what the government will say because under current development policy and legal settings, Koalas are heading for extinction.  Along with the Great Koala National Park in the north of the state, we also need a Sydney Koala Greenbelt."

Coastal Development Crisis – government should step in

Revelations that a wave of development along the coast threatens rare plant and animal species and will place residents in danger from fire and flood, are so alarming that the Perrottet government should call a moratorium on key sites.  The successful campaign of Save Scotts Head

MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR BIGGER DRINK CONTAINER REFUND SCHEMES

Australians want more drink products such as wine and spirits in Australia’s container refund schemes by a very big majority.

MORE HOMES – WHAT ABOUT GREEN SPACES?

As the NSW government sprints to meet demands by urban developers to open up more land, it is failing to fast track a green spaces policy that will deliver a liveable and healthy environment.

ROYAL GOLF COURSE TREE MASSACRE

The result of court action announced today allows the destruction of almost 600 trees at the Royal Golf Course, in Rose Bay and is testament to failed tree protection policies at local and state government levels. As an organisation, we call for urgent Ministerial intervention. 

CROSS VOTER SUPPORT FOR KOALA PROTECTION

With the NSW State Election only a few months away, a YouGov survey has revealed strong support across party lines for improved protection of Koalas. 89% of Labor and 78% of Coalition voters in NSW want Koala habitat in NSW protected.  The clear message is that political parties need to have credible policies so that public and private bushland that are koala habitats are protected from development such as housing, mining, and logging.  This is the case whether you live in Sydney or regional areas.  We’ll be closely assessing the upcoming policies. 

New Energy Housing Rules Won’t Redeem NSW Planning Minister

While the new energy saving rules for houses in NSW announced today fall into line with last Friday's agreement by the nation’s housing ministers, they won’t redeem the climate damaging stance of NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts.

EMISSIONS OBJECT FOR ENERGY MARKET - TRANSFORMATIONAL

Total Environment Centre today congratulates energy ministers on Friday’s announcement for unanimously agreeing to put an emissions objective into the National Energy Market (NEM) Objectives. TEC Director Jeff Angel said that this decision defeats the inertia that has for so long held the NEM and Australia back from being net-zero carbon ready.  It’s an important signal to everyone involved in the National Electricity Market, including investors, regulators and consumers, that we have entered a new era of cooperation and commitment among governments to speed up the energy transition.

“DOING IT FOR OURSELVES”: ENERGY SELF SUFFICIENCY FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE

It's not only Doomsday Preppers and recluses who are taking their energy supply into their own hands. Today, the Total Environment Centre (TEC) announced the publication of a new report on autonomous energy resilience, that will assist everyone. “This year’s multiple catastrophic east coast floods reinforced what we learned in the bushfires of 2019-20,” explained Mark Byrne, TEC’s Energy Market Advocate. “When all hell breaks loose, we can’t always wait for the ‘cavalry’—emergency services—to save us straight away.”

Product Stewardship Scheme for Personal Transport Vehicles

Australia’s political parties should commit to world-leading recycling of Personal Transport Vehicles (PTVs), including bicycles, E-bikes, and E-scooters, according to an unprecedented alliance of bicycle riders, manufacturers, environmentalists, fleet providers, policy experts, and recyclers.  

KILLER HEAT MINISTER BECOMES FEDERAL ELECTION ISSUE

The dumping by NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts of policies* to safeguard Sydney and towns from killer urban heat; flood and fire; and to expand tree canopy and green spaces - to protect millions of residents from global warming, should be repudiated by candidates in the upcoming Federal Election. 

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