The long-awaited Review of Environmental Zones on the NSW Far North Coast has been released for public comment. The Review supports the use of EZones and overlays in Local Environmental Plans. A big win for common sense, the facts and the evidence!
This Review puts strong protection of our precious natural areas within our reach. But to ensure we get these much needed protections over the line, it is critical that the community again shows its strong support for environmental protection.
However, it’s not all good news, the Review also recommends downgrading the protection of rainforest, old growth forest, wetlands and core Koala habitat. These areas are all of exceptional conservation value and deserve the highest protection.
Further, the proposed downgrading and modification of some provisions may weaken protection of our natural areas from Coal Seam Gas extraction.
Please take the time to write a short submission, to again call for full protection of our most precious forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats.
Thank you to all who sent submissions to the 1st round of community consultation in early 2013. Your submissions were key to the Review’s endorsement of EZones. Now the government is inviting the final round of submissions until Thursday 5 June, and we are asking the community to speak up again to ensure our natural areas receive the protection they deserve.
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 EZone Review close soon, so it is important to take action by Thursday, 5 June.