The federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act is the key piece of legislation that governs environmental protection in Australia. Under current legislation, Australia has one of the world’s worst records for loss of species and biodiversity. The Act is  undergoing a once-in-a-decade independent review. Public submissions to the review have closed but you can still submit a brief comment, which will be read and published on the review website, until 31 October 2020.

Of specific concern for Save Our Coast, we want to see seismic testing banned in Australian waters.

See the official EPBC Act review guide and click the button below to make your comment.

The EPBC Act has allowed seismic blasting to occur in a whale migration path and dolphin habitat along our coast, despite its known devastating impact. It allowed seismic surveys in Lake Macquarie despite endangered turtles being present. It allows fossil fuel companies to prospect for fossil fuel off our beautiful coast without consideration of the cumulative effects of climate damage, or risk to local ecosystems, and leaves it up to them to decide whether they think an activity is damaging to the environment or threatened species. This needs to change. This review is your chance to demand laws to save the ecosystems we all love and rely on to survive.

Although formal submissions are now closed, these briefing pages will give you some background to submit your comment:

EDO (Environmental Defenders Office) EPBC Act Review 2020

ACF (Australian Conservation Foundation) Guide to making a submission

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Submission to response to EPBC Act review

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