Greens Petition About Flawed CZMP Ready For NSW Planning Minister

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Photo: Ben Ormonde

Photo: Ben Ormonde

THE BYRON Greens’ Petition to New South Wales Minister for Planning, Hon Rob Stokes has reached 400 signatures and the number continues to rise.

The petition asks the Minister to send Byron Shire’s draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment (CZMPBBE) back to Council for revision.

The draft Plan proposes hard works to resolve the conflict perceived between natural coastal processes and real estate boundaries at Belongil Beach.

The Petition reads:

“The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment proposes hard works to resolve the conflict perceived between natural coastal processes and real estate boundaries at Belongil Beach.

“Many members of our community do not agree with that approach, preferring the alternative of Planned Retreat, which has applied to date.

“Others think that the drafting of the current Plan was rushed, that consideration of long-term environmental, social and economic factors was not adequate and that the three-week public consultation period was not enough.

“The aim of this petition is to convince Minister for Planning Rob Stokes to return the highly flawed Plan to Byron Shire Council for re-drafting after the Council Elections in September.

“We, the undersigned, ask you to return the fatally flawed Coastal Zone Management Plan for the Byron Bay Embayment to Byron Shire Council for re-drafting after the Council Elections in September.

Voice of Byron readers who still wish to sign this petition can access it here, and copies were circulated at the Byron Shire Council meeting of August 4.

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