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December 2, 2022

CZMP – the issues

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  1. Not reflecting expert environmental advice – does not consider broader environmental impacts. Proposal likely to accelerate coastal erosion – impact not stated.
  2. Open ended financial risk – Potentially escalating and unsustainable cost of maintaining the planned rock wall. Will we get locked into a cycle of increasingly Gold Coast style development to generate cash flow for coastal protection?
  3. Not funded – Most future work appears uncosted and unfunded.
  4. Short-term thinking – the large cost incurred over the planning term of 15 years may well be wasted as plan proves unsustainable. Longer term plan needed.
  5. Distorted drivers of policy – Is pressure from influential property owners skewing the debate? Is it fair for taxpayers to compensate investors who bought property knowingly under threat at discounted prices?
  6. Indemnity – Are we effectively about to indemnify a handful of reckless investors in perpetuity from the inevitable ravages of climate change? No signed agreement by the landowners to contribute to the massive costs involved – (To accept a verbal agreement is unwise).
  7. Consultation process – I tried to read the CZMP – It’s Greek to me. Communication process is unworkable and time frame inadequate. A free kick to ideologues and vested interests.
  8. What we need now -More time. Preparation of a digestible summary of the issues involved A proper broad-based consensus decision-making process of community forums designed to engage not exclude.

 

 


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