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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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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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Vale Helen Rees

Please find below an article regarding Helen Rees who was a long serving member of Coastwatchers.

JULY 5 2018 – 1:52PM (article reproduced from the Batemans Bay Post and shared on the Coastwatchers Facebook page)

Life’s dream blossomed

 RECOGNITION: Helen Rees and then President of Friends of ERBG Harry Phillips receive the award in the Environmental Science category, Seniors Week 2011.

RECOGNITION: Helen Rees and then President of Friends of ERBG Harry Phillips receive the award in the Environmental Science category, Seniors Week 2011.

Helen Rees, 1921-2018

The dream began “with the passion, commitment and perseverance of a small group of people and ends with a Botanic Garden of which we are all extremely proud.”

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NPA Briefing Note: Proposed changes to NSW’s logging laws.

New Logging Rules NPA IFOA_BriefingNote_May18V3 (170KB .pdf)

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Coastwatchers Submission to Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal to amend Eurobodalla LEP 2012 – June 22nd 2018

Coastwatchers submission 22 June 2018 RLS Proposal amendents to ESC LEP 2012 (245KB .pdf)

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Eurobodalla Challenged on its Rural Lands Strategy Proposal – Council warned of multi-million dollar oyster industry loss – The Beagle

Public Access before the Ordinary Council meeting of June 12th saw three very strong representation presented to Councillors in regards to the proposed Rural Lands Strategy.

Please click here to read the full article on The Beagle website.

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ESC Rural Lands Strategy Proposal – Suggested Points for writing Submissions

Eurobodalla Shire Council is proposing very significant planning changes under their new Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal

If we don’t object to these changes the conservation values and long term future of this beautiful area will be compromised.  Continue reading

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Guide Letter re Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal

ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (123KB .pdf)

ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (9KB .docx)

ESC RLS Guide Letter June 2018 (110KB .rtf)

The text of the above guide letter appears below.


Name .

Address .

Date .

General Manager

Eurobodalla Shire Council email council@esc.nsw.gov.au or mail PO Box 99, Moruya  2537.

Eurobodalla – Nature Coast not Naked Coast

– my submission to the Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal –

I am dismayed that Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking to remove very important environmental protections from our rural landscape, our beautiful Nature Coast, through its Rural Land Strategy Planning Proposal.

In 2012 Council released a draft plan which was a visionary blueprint for the Shire’s future and included a number of conservation measures to protect our forests, rivers, wetlands and water catchments.

E3 Environmental Management This zone is for land where there are special ecological, scientific, cultural or aesthetic attributes or environmental hazards/processes that require careful consideration/management and for uses compatible with these values.

Council has now responded to a small minority of residents and business people who are mainly large land holders and or property developers by removing the proposed protection of E3 zoning over a large area of rural land, some 38,000 ha. In recognition of established usage, Council’s proposed E3 zoning allowed for grazing and some other rural activities and essentially replaced earlier, similar protective zonings under the 1987 LEP. The current Proposal also removes the minimum lot size of 1000ha and allows significant subdivision.

Council now intends to zone all this land as RU1 Primary Production or RU4 Primary Production Small Lots but with an Open Land Use Table – in other words anything goes. Large landholders and property developers stand to benefit while the broad community faces the inevitable clearing of forested rural land and the steady degradation of Eurobodalla from the Nature Coast to the Naked Coast.

Council’s Proposal also allows grazing without restriction in all E2 Environmental Conservation areas, some 4500 ha, including habitat for endangered species and sensitive wetlands. Wetlands are vital to the clean water of the Shire for drinking, farming, oysters and fisheries as well as the survival of many water birds and countless other species that depend on the unpolluted and undisturbed wetlands. Cattle, horses, sheep, goats and pigs etc. must not be allowed to destroy our wetlands and clean water

I am dismayed that Council has dismissed significant objections to the Proposal by State agencies including the Rural Fire Service, the South East Local Land Services, the Department of Heritage and Environment, Department of Primary Industries – Water & Fisheries. Many of Council’s changes are inconsistent with both advice from the agencies and Directions from the Minister for Planning. Council has also failed to consider the impact of forest clearing on climate change and the much weaker protection against land clearing under the new State laws that last year replaced the Native Vegetation Act.

I want Council to withdraw this Proposal and review it together with expert State agencies and a genuine community advisory panel that is truly representative of the broad community, including several people with wide nature conservation experience.

Yours sincerely

Signature .

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Rural Lands Zoning Dispute – Bay Post Online – May 31st 2018

A South Durras resident appreciating the old growth forest in the area.

The axing of E3 zoning in the Eurobodalla is just one of Coastwatchers’ concerns about the Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Rural Lands Strategy, currently on public display. Continue reading

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