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FRAMEWORK PRINCIPLES TO SAVE OUR COAST

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We, the undersigned call on the NSW Government and all political parties to adopt the following principles as a framework for protecting our coastal towns and environment from rampant overdevelopment. 

 

FRAMEWORK PRINCIPLES TO SAVE OUR COAST

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1. PROTECT COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS

By prohibiting roads and developments that impact ecologically sensitive environments including Threatened Species Habitat and Endangered Ecological Communities and adding ecologically sensitive land to the protected area network.

2. CONSIDER CLIMATE CHANGE

By assessing and mapping areas vulnerable to floods, bushfires and sea level rise now and in the future and prohibiting development in those areas while resourcing and requiring local council’s to develop and update master bushfire and flood plans for their LGA.

3. ENSURE INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES ARE IN PLACE

The Government must place requirements for adequate infrastructure and services before new housing developments can be built.

4. MAKE ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS TRANSPARENT AND INDEPENDENT

By making developers use independent ecological assessors provided by the department instead of being able to shop around for experts that enable development.

5. REIGN IN SHORT TERM HOLIDAY LETS

By giving councils the power to regulate and limit short term holiday lets, freeing up regional housing stock.

6. PUT POWER BACK IN THE HANDS OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

By scrapping Regional Planning Panels and placing development approvals back into the hands of local councils, with joint council planning decisions over inter-regional developments.

7.  CLEAN UP LOCAL COUNCILS

By banning property developers and real estate agents from sitting on council, strengthening disclosure requirements for counsellors and giving whistleblower protections to council staff to ensure councils make the best decisions for their community.

8. END ZOMBIE DEVELOPMENT APPROVALS

By forcing existing Development Approvals over 5 years old to be reassessed through the planning system with inappropriate approvals forced to redesign, take a land swap or receive compensation where appropriate.

9. ASSESS THE CUMULATIVE IMPACTS OF DEVELOPMENT

The Government must require councils to develop LGA Master Plans that properly assess the cumulative impacts of development on ecologically sensitive coastal ecosystems including threatened species habitat.

 



SUPPORTED BY:

  • Save Bonny View
  • Friends of Coila
  • Dalmeny Matters
  • Yamba Community Action Group
  • No Quarry @ Bournda
  • Friends of CRUNCH (Save Tura Biodiversity)
  • Hallidays Point Community Action Group
  • Stuarts Point and District Community Organisation SPaDCO
  • Hawks Nest Developments
  • Lake Wollumboola Protection Association Inc
  • Valley Watch Inc
  • Manyana Matters Environmental Association Inc
  • Callala Environmental Alliance
  • Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition Inc
  • Concerned Residents of Valla Beach
  • Culburra Residents & Ratepayers Action Group
  • Surfing with a vision surfing for a cause
  • Broulee Mossy Point Community Association
  • Forest Ecology Alliance (FEA) 
  • Voices of South West Rocks Community Inc
  • Friends of Conglomerate
  • Hastings Birdwatchers Inc
  • Clarence Environment Centre Inc
  • Guula Gu Koala Custodians Port Macquarie
  • Friends of Coila
     
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