Rural Lands Strategy Update from the Nature Coast Alliance


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 have raised significant concerns. Some 14 community and conservation organisations registered their concerns and objections as well as five State Agencies. There are less than 50 submissions supporting the Proposal.

Whilst Council refused to withdraw or fundamentally amend the Proposal, the issue is not settled as the Mayor would have the community believe. The Proposal now goes to the Department of Planning for review prior to a decision by the Minister of Planning. The Alliance has met with the Regional Office of the Department which will carry out the review. We followed this up with a letter to the Department about our many concerns.

We are continuing the campaign against the Proposal and the next step is to get many letters signed and sent to Andrew Constance, MP for Bega. The Nature Coast Alliance is meeting with Mr Constance on 19 October. We ask community groups to network to their members and to write on behalf of your group as appropriate. This could make an important difference . So far over 500 letters have been signed.

Can you help with any of the following tasks:-

* Letterboxing Broulee, Tomakin and Mossy Point for a public meeting 18 November 2018.
* Regularly sending letters to local media editors, based on suggestions from the Alliance.
* Making contact with nature based businesses including nature based tourism, accommodation or recreation, the oyster industry or recreational fishing to encourage them to lobby the NSW Government.

If you can assist please ring Kathryn Maxwell on 0467 55845 or email mail

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