Environmental Group Says NSW Budget Neglects Biodiversity

The Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales (NCC), the Australian state’s leading environmental advocacy organisation, has expressed disappointment that the NSW budget has failed to deliver for nature. 

The environmental group claims that in the middle of an extinction crisis, funding for ecosystem restoration and threatened species is going backwards. 

In a scathing statement the group said, the NSW habitat is so degraded it can only support 29% of the plants and animals it once did. 1043 plants and animals in NSW are currently listed as at risk of extinction, a 50% increase in 10 years.  

Without significant public investment to grow protected areas and restore degraded ecosystems, many of the ecosystems that make our state so special will simply collapse.

The NSW Labor Government is spending just 1.61%* of the budget on the environment, which is even less than last year.  

“Labor came into power promising to turn the tide, and yet this is the second year in a row nature funding, as a percentage, has declined,” NCC Chief Executive Officer Jacqui Mumford said.

“Without a seismic shift in nature investment NSW will see more extinctions and fail to meet our ‘30 by 30’ Global Biodiversity Framework targets. The nature deficit needs to be addressed by proper investment in NSW’s biodiversity.” 

“There is a substantial investment in renewables, but NSW needs to do a lot more to turn the biodiversity crisis around.”