GPN today made its submission on the proposed changes that will see most, if not all, grassy ecosystems go without a Recovery Plan. We kept it brief, not to waste our time – it’s not as though any Recovery Plans have been written to date, and there’s been plenty of time. Our submission simply said:

We are disappointed, but not surprised, that numerous grassy communities are going to have the requirement for a Recovery Plan removed. We note that generally no Recovery Plans have been written for these communities, due to inadequate funding and staffing and the lack of will from the Federal Government to adequately protect Australia’s unique biodiversity. We would like to suggest that a better solution would be to provide better funding and resourcing, rather than pragmatically downgrading protections.