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Calls to reverse 'absurd' rule on endangered species, boost koala aid
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Biodiversity

Calls to reverse 'absurd' rule on endangered species, boost koala aid

Labor and environmental groups are calling for changes to how the extinction threat to koalas and other species is set, and for beefed-up protections near Sydney to preserve the state's healthiest koala colonies.

  • by Peter Hannam

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'Like throwing a grenade': historic town braces for coal mining threat
Coal

'Like throwing a grenade': historic town braces for coal mining threat

Residents of Wollombi in the Hunter Valley have vowed to resist plans for mining in their region.

  • by Peter Hannam
The fight to save the brumbies stirs old animosities
Animal rights

The fight to save the brumbies stirs old animosities

In the high country, there are echoes of old and bitter disputes over land, culture and identity.

  • by Nick O'Malley
NSW koalas on course to be extinct in the wild before 2050, inquiry finds
Biodiversity

NSW koalas on course to be extinct in the wild before 2050, inquiry finds

A year-long NSW parliamentary inquiry has found koalas are on track to become extinct in the wild in NSW well before 2050 unless there is urgent intervention to stop the destruction of their habitat.

  • by Peter Hannam
NSW lands biggest conservation purchase in state's history
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Biodiversity

NSW lands biggest conservation purchase in state's history

The government will create a conservation area in far north-west NSW 10 times the size of the Royal National Park, in the largest purchase of private land for environmental protection in the state's history.

  • by Peter Hannam
Bipartisan support helps give 'battleship peninsula' protection
Biodiversity

Bipartisan support helps give 'battleship peninsula' protection

Visits to a popular Blue Mountains ''battleship peninsula' are expected to rise as much as 10 fold after the Berejiklian government formalised protection for the Radiata Plateau.

  • by Peter Hannam
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'Great result': Old-growth forests get reprieve from forestry
Biodiversity

'Great result': Old-growth forests get reprieve from forestry

The Berejiklian government has suspended plans to remap old-growth coastal state forests after last summer's bushfires burnt large swathes of woodlands.

  • by Peter Hannam
Protesters demand miners stop looking for gold in Wombat State Forest
Biodiversity

Protesters demand miners stop looking for gold in Wombat State Forest

Snap protests against gold exploration have taken place in Wombat State Forest, which government’s environmental assessment body says should be a national park.

  • by Miki Perkins
'Backward step': NSW government slams Commonwealth over Harbour review
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History

'Backward step': NSW government slams Commonwealth over Harbour review

A federal-state stoush has erupted over the future of some of Sydney Harbour's historic landmarks, with the Berejiklian government claiming it had been largely shut out from a review of the former defence sites.

  • by Peter Hannam and Deborah Snow
Harbour Trust review recommends against leasing off Cockatoo Island
Heritage

Harbour Trust review recommends against leasing off Cockatoo Island

An independent review into the Sydney Harbour Foundation Trust has recommended against long-term plans to transfer the control of historic sites into private hands.

  • by Peter Hannam
Fears two NSW dam projects will ignore economic, financial safeguards
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Water

Fears two NSW dam projects will ignore economic, financial safeguards

Plans to fast-track two dams in NSW have prompted calls for Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to step in to apply biodiversity protection laws.

  • by Peter Hannam