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Time to have yoursay on coastal reforms

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has welcomed the draft coastal reforms that the NSW Government has released for public feedback.

The new reforms, which will make coastal management in NSW simpler and easier to implement, were released today by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes at the Coastal Management Conference in Forster.

 

Mr Bromhead said the new coastal reforms recognise the natural environment, social, cultural and economic values of our coastline.

“It was a great pleasure to welcome the minister to Forster and to hear him outline the reforms that will improve our coastal processes to protect our coastline for future generations,” Mr Bromhead said.

 

“Our coastline is a precious resource, especially on the Myall Lakes where we have several erosion hotspots, so I encourage anyone with an interest in this subject to have their say on the draft reforms as public participation is so important for planning.”

 

The reforms include:

  • A draft Bill for a new Coastal Management Act.
  • Key elements of a new Coastal Management Manual.
  • Proposals for a new Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).

The draft Bill redefines the coast as four distinct areas of coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests; coastal vulnerability areas; coastal environment areas and coastal use areas to identify each area’s unique management requirements.

The manual will provide guidance to local councils and clear, step-by-step instructions to support them to manage their coast using the new Coastal Management Act.

The new SEPP will help manage the legacy of existing coastal hazards and help plan to ensure new hazards are avoided.

A three-month consultation period will run to ensure everyone has a chance to have their say. Go to www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au.

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