Friday, 14 December 2012

How pro-development state and local government is whittling away at environmental protection on the NSW Mid & Far North Coast

The NSW Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority’s Regional State of the Environment 2012 report speaks volumes about the attitude of Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Nambucca councils in relation to land outside of the national parks portfolio. All show reduced total areas for land afforded environmental protection under local planning instruments.
Across the entire NSW North Coast there has only been 4,618 hectares of additional land afforded environmental protection under the most recent local environmental plans.
Despite the existence of a well-established park and reserve system, effective habitat on the North Coast is now only classified as good through to very poor.

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