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Rex Harris, Bangalow.

Re your article ‘Groups at loggerhead over nature zones’ Echonetdaily 6 November:

Many spokespeople debating environmental protection zones within the Draft Byron Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012 are misinforming readers. Unfortunately you have allowed this misinformation to flow through to some of your articles.

Please understand that Minister Hazzard plans to excise proposed E2, E3 and overlays from land that is currently zoned rural land until a proper review is carried out. This review will be based on evidence that either does or does not support the proposed zones.

Minister Hazzard did not say he would excise all existing environment-protected land such as forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats.

For clarity again all existing forests, wetlands, habitats etc that are protected under the existing LEP and have been mapped to the Draft LEP 2012 will remain protected. Lowland subtropical rainforest, the iconic high-conservation-value vegetation of our shire and region, is already listed as endangered under state and Commonwealth legislation respectively. This provides adequate protection right now.

The only zones that are under review are those that are new and affect agricultural land.

We all appreciate a balanced view and factual information in your reporting.

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