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The Coastwatchers Association Inc. is the leading community environmental and conservation group serving the South Coast of NSW, principally in the Shire of Eurobodalla between Narooma and Batemans Bay.

Welcome to our website. We aim to provide information and resources in this website such that it can be used as a significant community resource. We welcome comments or suggested improvements (click the envelope icon on the right to email).

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SHASA Media Release – Nature Coast or Developers’ Coast?

Media Release –

Broulee Meeting – Rural Lands Strategy 18 November 2018

A public meeting will be held on Sunday 18th November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee to raise awareness and engage with the community about the effects of the proposed Rural Lands Strategy (RLS). This meeting follows on from that held at Mossy point and the recent meeting at Mogo which was facilitated by the shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch and the ALP candidate for Bega Leanne Atkinson. The Eurobodalla Shire is pushing on with its contentious RLS with Mayor Liz Innes repeatedly assuring residents that “it’s a done deal” and no further action from the Public will make any difference. In fact the changes require sign off by the NSW Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts and with a state election coming up in March there is plenty that can be done.

People concerned about the nature of development in our shire are welcome to come along to this public meeting. Speakers, community group stalls and maps on display will help the public identify the areas concerned and what’s being proposed.

In a nut shell – the proposal will open up land to development across the whole shire and will impact adversely on coastal land, wetlands of national significance like Waldron’s Swamp and areas known to contain threatened species like the Yellow Bellied Glider. The RLS proposes to change the zoning, watering down environmental constraints important for protecting these wetlands and other areas of high conservation value. It will open up land for development which may significantly change the character of many areas of our shire. Many businesses that rely on the natural part of the Nature Coast could be adversely affected.

Many of the areas that will become open to development are sites that back onto our waterways. This will affect water quality, fish stocks, oyster beds, and adversely impact our estuaries and beaches.

Oyster growers are also very concerned about the impact of the proposed changes, noting that the pristine waterways of the Shire are of utmost importance to their businesses, and that increased development along creeks, rivers and lakes will endanger this multi million dollar Eurobodalla industry.

The cumulative impact of this RLS together with other proposed developments will adversely affect the nature of the Nature Coast.

The meeting is on Sunday 18th November at 2pm at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee

Media Contact: Kathryn Maxwell, Chair Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance,

0467 558 645 or contact.shasa@gmail.com

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Rural Lands Strategy Update from the Nature Coast Alliance

UPDATE ON THE RURAL LANDS STRATEGY/PLANNING PROPOSAL OCTOBER 2018

Most of you will be aware that Eurobodalla Shire Council adopted the Rural Lands Planning Proposal on 28 August 2018 as exhibited with only very minor changes.

Our monitoring suggests some 1100 submissions were received by Council by 28 August 2018. Of these, around 1000 objected strongly to the Planning Proposal and called for its withdrawal for an expert community review including by the NSW State Agencies which Continue reading

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OEH response to Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal June 2018

“The Office of Environment and Heritage has reviewed your latest planning proposal resulting from the Rural Lands Study. Given that none of the changes that we suggested in our 2016 submission on this planning proposal have been adopted, we still retain a number of objections to the proposal.”

OEH response to Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal June 2018 (305KB .pdf)

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Ask the NSW Premier to end logging in state forests

Here’s a link to a page of the National Parks Association website, urging people and assisting them to send an email to Gladys Berejiklian urging her not to endorse the renewal of the Regional Forest Agreements, abandon radical changes to NSW logging laws, create the Great Koala National Park and commit to a just transition out of public native forest logging.

Please click through and have your say.

https://npa-nsw.good.do/endlogging/email-the-premier/

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Rural Land Services SE Submission to ESC re RLS – June 2018

Local Land Services SE submission re RLS June 2018 (106KB .pdf)

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NSW Rural Fire Service Letters to ESC re Rural Lands Strategy 2015, 2016, 2018

RFS RLS PP Response 28 June 2018 (5MB .pdf)

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Department of Primary Industries Submission to ESC re Rural Lands Strategy – June 22nd 2018

DPI Fisheries – Rural Lands Strategy Response – 22 June 2018 (111KB .pdf)

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Presentation to Council – Rural Lands Strategy – August 14th 2018

Presentation to Council Tues 14 Aug 2018 (67KB .pdf)

This presentation to Eurobodalla Shire Council was made by Reina Hill (Vice President of Coastwatchers) on Tuesday August 14th 2018 in support of Councillor Mayne’s motion that council defer voting on the Draft Rural Lands Strategy, and that Councillors and Council staff meet with the relevant NSW Government Departments that are objecting to the Strategy, to try and satisfy their objections.

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CW Submission – Integrated Forestry Operations Agreements – July 12th 2018

The NSW government has recently announced its intention to drastically weaken the logging rules (Integrated Forestry Operations Approval—IFOA) to remove numerous protections for NSW’s threatened species, koalas, old growth & rainforest and waterways.

Coastwatchers IFOA remake submission with covering letter. (80KB .pdf)

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IFOA Submission by SERCA, GSF & NPA – July 13th 2018

Submission to Environment Protection Authority from South East Region Conservation Alliance, the Great Southern Forest and the National Parks Association Far South Coast Branch, July 13th 2018.

IFOA submission – SERCA, GSF, NPA – July 13 2018 (662KB .pdf)

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