Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)
SUBMISSIONS DUE BY 17TH APRIL, 2020
The Environment and Protection Biodviersity Conservation (EPBC) Act is Australia’s national environment law. The EPBC Act is meant to be stopping iconic threatened species like the Koala from going extinct. According to the Wilderness Society, however, our current protections and laws leave many of Australia’s animals facing extinction. Shockingly almost 99.7% of all developments are approved except for 2% that get knocked back in court (https://www.wilderness.org.au/work/nature-laws-that-work)…
A review of the EPBC Act every 10 years, which is coming up this year, can evidently be a vital chance for us to opt in to a discussion about Australia’s extinction and deforestation crisis.
THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO HOLD OUR GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTION – OR INACTION REGARDING AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SYSTEM…
In order for a review to take place the Government must take comments and submissions from all parts of society, not just big business, which has a reputation of weakening our environmental laws.
A discussion paper has been written about the EPBC Act, what it does and where it came from, in addition to providing thought provoking ideas and questions. You are invited to make a comment or submission, particularly in response to the information set out in the Discussion paper.
It is preferable to submit comments or submissions electronically using the following link: https://environment.au.citizenspace.com/epbc-review/epbc-act-review-submission-discussion-paper/
Contributions can also be made via email or post. All contributions will be published on the review website along with your name and/ or organisation, unless you choose to remain anonymous.
You do not need technical information to make a submission, personal stories will also persuade reforms with concerns from engaged and passionate Australians.
Is there an animal or plant endemic to your local or regional area that has been obviously impacted upon in recent years and, you fear for its security into the future? If you have a personal story relevant to this you should speak up and have your say.
The Wilderness Society have an example submission as a guide to writing your own. This can be found here: https://www.wilderness.org.au/make-your-voice-heard
Make your submission count even more, by sending it to other stakeholders who can influence the outcome of the Review (MPs, Senators etc). Don’t just request for them to read your submission, but ask for a clear request for action on your behalf. Ask them to write to the Australian Environment Minister to raise the issues addressed in your submission.
Share the need to submit with your family and friends too – include it on Facebook, on Instagram, on anything you think will get the message out there.
The official review home page can be found here: https://epbcactreview.environment.gov.au/
Good luck – if you need any help with preparing a submission please get in contact with Xuela from Greater Sydney Landcare Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or 47242141