HSI urges Minister Frydenberg to investigate illegal land clearing in NSW
Humane Society International (HSI) has contacted Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, urging that he instruct his Department to begin an investigation into what could be clear and serious breaches of the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 exposed through the ABC’s Lateline program last night.
The significant land clearing alleged to have occurred is across multiple sites of thousands of hectares, and HSI understands that no associated approvals appear on the NSW public register.
Land clearing is listed as a “Key Threatening Process” under both NSW and Federal environment laws, following scientific nominations by HSI, and it is highly likely that one or more EPBC Act listed species or ecological community would have been significantly impacted upon by the documented clearing.
HSI Director Michael Kennedy said that, “In the face of non-action by government and potentially corrupt farming activities in NSW, the Federal Minister must act to ensure anyone who has breached Commonwealth law is apprehended and prosecuted.”