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Law changes threaten species

Threatened species: The Eastern Pygmy-Possum is one of the 156 threatened species living in the Cumberland Plain Woodlands. Picture: Kate Geraghty.More than 150 endangered species living in habitats around Rouse Hill could be under threat as a result of changes to the state government’s environmental laws.

The proposed changes to the laws would allow more flexibility for developers to clear land around the habitats of threatened species.

The changes to the laws were heard at a meeting heldlast week at Westpoint Blacktown, which outlined the threat to 156 endangered species in the Cumberland Plain Woodlands area, with parts of the woodland reaching into Rouse Hill.

Among the threatened species are the Eastern Pygmy-possum and the spotted-tail quoll.

Campaign co-ordinator for the Total Environment Centre, Corinne Fisher, said while developers would have to offset their environmental impact, it doesn’t have to be in the same ecological area as where the development is, leaving wildlife displaced.

“It’s a real threat for western Sydney, there’s very little vegetation left,” she said.

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