DA consents for logging in limbo



CONCERTED efforts by members of the Kalang Progress Association (KPA) for action on the ongoing issue of development consents for logging on private land have been left in limbo yet again.

At yesterday's Bellingen Shire Council meeting, the council voted to wait until the release of the State Government's Code of Practice for Private Native Forestry before progressing any further with a local consultation process.

While the council did not reject any of the proposals presented to them by the KPA, the director of environmental health and planning, Simon Waterworth, said his department was under pressure to get the shire's Growth Management Strategy out into the public arena and he did not have the staff resources to spend time exploring hypothetical situations and possible solutions.

The report tabled at the meeting recommended that:

o the council commit in principle to undertaking a review of the consent requirements for private forestry; and

o that the review model suggested by the KPA was suitable and should be revisited when the State Government's new regime was known.

Cr Mark Troy said these recommendations went a long way to satisfying the community.



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