Environmental campaigners outside Thomas George's office who do not want to see the Conservation Act 'weakened'.
Environmental campaigners outside Thomas George's office who do not want to see the Conservation Act 'weakened'. Melissa Gulbin

Forest groups vow to fight ‘weak laws’

"If you think you are going to go quietly down the path you planned with no protest, no way. We need to enforce our current laws and defend them against weakening," NEFA spokesperson John Corkill said.

The activists said the government's proposed new Biodiversity Conservation Act will make it easier for developers and agribusiness to destroy wildlife habitat on the Northern Rivers.

More than 120 people gathered outside the Forestry Commission's Coffs Harbour office on Monday to oppose the act, which they feel will put wildlife and bushland at greater risk.

The Baird government announced it will repeal the the Native Vegetation Act and the Threatened Species Conservation Act, when it introduces a Biodiversity Conservation Act to "ensure farmers are better able to manage their properties".



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