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Work with us to save your local bushland, which will be affected by the state government's new tree clearing laws. Attend one of three FREE information forums across Sydney this month, and join our SOS Green Spaces campaign network (you can register for your area by clicking the links below).

On 25 August this year, new laws came into effect which will have a huge impact on the character and appearance of large parts of Sydney. Will your suburb and surrounding areas be affected?


These new laws have been critiqued and vigorously opposed by a wide range of scientists, environmentalists and community groups because they will allow a considerable increase in tree clearing and development which will erode bushland across NSW, including the Greater Sydney area. 

Sydney's continuing economic boom means the city will have to accomodate hundreds of thousands of new residents in the coming decades. Pressure to develop, even at the expense of Sydney's world famous natural beauty, has over ridden every objection, no matter how well researched and documented, to the weakening of environmental protections. 


Unfortunately the areas which have been identified for new housing development also contain some of our city's most precious bushland and wildlife, including Sydney's last remnant populations of Koala. The koala represents but one of thousands of unique Australian native species that careless planning could drive to extinction. Human habitat will also be radically altered by the new laws.


Possibly in response to growing community disquiet, the NSW Department of Planning recently announced it will spend the next 12 months developing a Strategic Sustainability Plan for 7 Western Sydney Local Government Areas, which will identify upfront which areas of bushland will be conserved and which will be developed.

The 7 Local Government Areas affected by this decision are: Campbelltown, Camden, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.


The Total Environment Centre believes that this is the last chance to protect Western Sydney's remaining bushland and critical green corridors, and we are committed to working with local communities to get the best possible conservation outcomes. 

Our event series of targeted SOS Green Spaces Forums offer unique insights into what will happen to your community. We have organised the most pertinent experts to present an overview as well as detailed analysis of impacts in your area.


What You Can Do:

  • Last chance for Western Sydney bushland? 

    This forum features Justine De Torres, Director Biodiversity and Sustainability, NSW Department of Planning and Environment; Nari Sahukar, Senior Solicitor Law Reform and Policy, Environmental Defender's Office NSW. Discussion will focus on the Department's Western Sydney Sustainability Plan + new tree clearing laws.

  • Trees in the Shire: New Clearing Rules

    The forum's speakers will address how the new laws will affect the Sutherland Shire's unique natural heritage: Jemilah Hallinan, Outreach Director Community Programs, Environmental Defender's Office NSW;Jeff Angel, Executive Director Total Environment Centre.

  • Trees in Sydney's North: New Clearing Laws 

    Tree clearing will fundamentally alter the character of some of Sydney's leafiest heritage suburbs. The forum will address your concerns and how we can impact the government's Strategic Sustainability Plan: with Emily Ryan, Outreach Director Professional Programs, Environmental Defender's Office NSW; Jeff Angel, Executive Director Total Environment Centre

  • Join our Save Sydney's Koalas' campaignsydkoala.png

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