Friday, July 3, 2015
Environmental safeguards on the NSW North Coast are again under attack from the NSW Government. They want to abolish the North Coast Regional Environment Plan (REP) – a major cornerstone of environmental protection in our region for nearly 30 years.
The decision is now open for public comment. Please take the time to write a short submission, to again call for full protection of our most precious forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats.
While the Government claims that the REP is superseded by newer Environmental Protection Zones (E-Zones), the Government has blocked Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle and Lismore Councils from implementing their E-Zones, relegating them to limbo as “deferred matters”. Save North Coast Nature is concerned that the North Coast REP is being deleted before the “deferred matters” are resolved, in order to retrospectively undermine the justification for the proposed E Zones, and leave many of our precious natural values without crucial protection. This appears to be part of a concerted attack by the NSW Government and the National Party on environmental protections in one of Australia’s and the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Voice your support today by sending a brief submission to the Department of Planning and Environment. Download the submission guide here. EZones provide fundamental protection for over 27 000 hectares of the far north coast’s forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats. Without protection, these unique areas are left vulnerable to destructive residential, tourism and infrastructure developments along our coast, and the expansion of coal seam gas (CSG), logging, mining and intensive agriculture in our rural hinterland.
Public submissions on the SEPP 2015 Review close midnight Thursday, 9 July, 2015.