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May 8, 2021

Open letter to Don Page

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Dear Mr Page,

Your intervention to excise environmental zones from north coast Local Environment Plans on the eve of exhibition of the Byron LEP has left Byron’s planning in a mess as no-one knows what you are going to allow us to protect from inappropriate development.

Your vague press release is not a sufficient basis for implementing what is a fundamental change to NSW’s planning system. Will you please issue clear guidelines for what you will allow to be included in environmental protection zones and detail your review process.

You claim (Echo 25 September) that your intent is to not allow environmental protection zones over ‘normal agricultural farming land’. By this do you mean already cleared land?

Does this mean that you will still allow Byron to implement the intent of its 2004 award-winning Biodiversity Conservation Strategy to include high-conservation-value native vegetation in E2 zones?

Will you allow Byron to include rainforest, old growth forests, core koala habitat, wetlands, riparian habitat, and/or endangered ecosystems in E2 zones? If not, what can we include?

If you won’t let Byron zone its exceptionally high-conservation-value vegetation for protection, will you instead allow us to continue to use our Tree Preservation Order to limit inappropriate clearing of native vegetation across the shire?

This region’s forests are the most biodiverse in NSW and are recognised as international and national biodiversity hotspots because of our exceptional numbers of endemic species and the threats caused by over-clearing. Consequently we have the highest numbers of plants and animals threatened with extinction in NSW.

If not to facilitate coal-seam gas mining, can you please explain why the far north coast was singled out for excising of environmental protection zones?

Dailan Pugh
Byron Bay


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3 COMMENTS

  1. One thing is certain…….the conservative (Lib/Nat) State Governments in Australia are expediting the depletion of our natural flora and fauna to a deplorable extent…all in the interests of their wealthy mates and greed.

  2. Public Officials Must Learn About Agenda 21
    Tuesday, 06 March 2012
    Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their mouths and revealing their ignorance. Henry Lamb explains why……. http://www.freedomadvocates.org/articles/sustainable_development/public_officials_must_learn_about_agenda_21_20120307456/
    Also check out interesting links:
    Category Articles
    What is “Unsustainable”?
    Agenda for the 21st Century Invades Australia
    Agenda 21 — The Blueprint to Advance Sustainable Development
    The Consensus Process
    Kick ICLEI Out!

    Agenda 21 and ICLEI for community edification.
    http://www.screencast.com/users/henryzeke/folders/videos-2012/media/f5120def-fd4a-41b3-9ea0-9008371fe41d

  3. How is it these morons have been allowed to take government in NSW? What a pack of useless dills the ALP are to be on the back foot constantly against these cretins int he LNP. What nation of dumb fools. Like my mum used to say, Australia is a beautiful country it is the people who ruin it.

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