14.9 C
Byron Shire
June 2, 2023

SNCN replies to BRAG

Latest News

Backlash Stan Grant

Extraordinary negative and callous statements regarding Stan Grant in the recent edition’s Backlash section. Grant was a terrible host?...

Other News

Revisiting Aquarius: where we have been and where we need to go

It was ‘far out’ to be in Nimbin again for the 50th celebration of the Aquarius Festival. 

Private partnership sought for bioenergy facility proposal

Byron Council have been forced to explore the possibility of a public private partnership to fund its planned  bioenergy facility in Byron Bay.

Search and rescue exercises in Ballina this weekend

Marine Rescue NSW will take part in the first of three regional Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX) on the NSW North Coast at Ballina this weekend.

Political comment: International revolving doors

Corruption takes many forms, and has become more refined since the days of brown paper bags. In Australia, we have lobbyists, interests and politicians, with the traditional dividing lines between these three now all but invisible, and numerous examples of people moving from one position to another, and then back again, as they prioritise personal gain over what's best for the country.

20 years on – Patterson Hill

Shame on those who suspect that the Patterson Hill activists 20 years ago might have been more concerned about...

Will NSW Labor pay on-call emergency service volunteers?

The newly elected NSW Labor government have stopped short of committing to paying volunteers who attend emergencies such as fires and floods, but say there is investment and initiatives underway to support those who volunteer as emergency service members.

Andy Baker, Save North Coast Nature

In reply to the Byron Rural Action Group (Echonetdaily Letters, November 5). You claim:

  • i) that BRAG never intended for all E-zones to be excised from the draft LEP and that
  • ii) BRAG recognises the ‘fundamental importance of environmental management of land to this region and its community’.

Yet the minister’s decision to excise all E2 and E3 zones from the final plan is a direct result of BRAG’s lobbying, and has created a far bigger mess than it was before. So, tell us… if BRAG didn’t mean to wipe out all E-zones and you believe ‘environmental management is of fundamental importance’, did the minister misrepresent BRAG’s position? Did he go too far by taking all our E-zones?

If the community is to believe your above-mentioned claims, BRAG should set the minister straight, by ensuring that E-zones over high-conservation-value native vegetation will not be removed, and to limit the review process only to E-zones, corridors and riparian buffers that apply to lands that are currently cleared or under cropping.

Until this mess is resolved, the community has absolutely no idea of what our pro-development government intends to do with our shire’s forests, wetlands and wildlife habitats. The minister has said ‘that any E2 or E3 zoned land in these draft plans would be excised when the LEPs are finalised’. That much is clear. He’s hinted at a review, but AFTER the plans have been finalised. Since when does anyone finalise a plan, and then fix up its main issues. These plans only get revised every 25 years, so surely we should sort out any important mapping errors BEFORE they’re set in stone.

It would seem our two groups have some common ground here. Save North Coast Nature does not want to waste valuable resources defending clearly significant environmental values, and BRAG seems keen to avoid being perceived by the public as ‘anti-environment’.

So put your money where your mouth is, BRAG; say that you support the inclusion of high conservation value native vegetation in environmental zones and set the minister straight, so the community can get on with the important business of fixing any mapping inaccuracies on the ground.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Fun community connection for Japanese community 

The local Japanese community came together in early May at the Cavanbah center to celebrate Japanese Children’s Day. 

Tragic death of two men in Yamba

NSW Police have today spoken to the media after the body of a man and a teenage boy were located inside a home at Yamba yesterday.

Expect saltwater on Ballina roads during king tides

Ballina Shire Council is encouraging motorists to drive safely over the coming days with king tides leading to minor flooding of some local roads. 

Warming winter for Tweed Shire’s homeless

It's no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and Dharma Care is determined to reduce those figures as the days get colder.