After a long campaign, the NSW Government has moved to force local councils along the NSW coastline to implement a rational and consistent approach to coastal planning.
And already some councils are up in arms about the decision.
The Wells Haslem team has been working alongside the Boomerang and Bluey’s Beach Group to help persuade the State Government and the Department of Planning to implement changes to ensure the people who owned properties along beach front’s had certainly in planning laws.
The Boomerang and Blueys Beach Group was formed to fight draconian and discriminatory coastal measures planned by Great Lakes Council.
“We have formally called on the Department of Planning & Infrastructure to develop a State wide response to coastal planning and not endorse the Council’s draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) coastal provisions,” Boomerang and Blueys Beach Group Chair, Michael Fox, said.
The draft Council LEP also pre-empts completion and review of several pending Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) and NSW Government Stage 2 coastal reforms.
“In a selective attempt to protect coastal areas from the impacts of any ‘sea-rise and erosion’, the Council proposed that only 2 beaches, Boomerang and Blueys beaches, be subjected to hazard lines”, Mr Fox said.
Council is relying on a 2011 desktop analysis by a specialist consultancy as the basis of its LEP – even though the authors of the report identified “data gaps” and recommended collation of further information.
“To single out Blueys and Boomerang beaches is discriminatory – especially given they have been targeted due to the findings of an incomplete report and prior to CZMP reviews and coastal reforms,” Mr Fox said.
The State Government this month announced its intention to move to ensure that coastal property buyers are given clear and accurate advice by councils on the impacts of coastal hazards such as erosion and flooding.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Brad Hazzard said a draft planning circular which is now on public exhibition, recommended councils distinguish between current and future hazards on Section 149 certificates.
Mr Fox called on the Great Lakes Council and other coastal councils to support the new evidence based approach to coastal planning based on objective data and information rather than projections and desk top studies which councils had been using.
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