The site of a proposed coastal housing development is a cause of concern for Greens.
The site of a proposed coastal housing development is a cause of concern for Greens.

Coast under attack from developers

COASTAL development alarm bells are ringing yet again with news another low-lying chunk of the Coffs Coast is slated for housing development, this time at Emerald Beach.

This comes on top of project approval for up to 200 houses on low-lying land near Sandy Beach at Hearnes Lake and concern that similar approval is pending for up to 300 houses in the South Moonee Forest.

Greens councillor on the Coffs Harbour City Council, Mark Graham, said there were now indications that a third major coastal subdivision with flooding and environmental constraints was about to receive Part 3A approval by the State Government.

“It has become apparent that the NSW Department of Planning is seeking to approve another Part 3A development on land that is even lower lying and more flood prone than Hearnes Lake,” Cr Graham said.

“The land in question is immediately north of Emerald Beach and east of the Pacific Highway, behind the Shell Service Station.

“A Part 3A application for well in excess of 100 houses on this parcel of land has been with the NSW Department of Planning for some time.

“If this wasn’t so serious I would be saying ‘you have got to be kidding, Tony (Planning Minister Kelly)’.

“This land parcel receives all the floodwaters from Emerald Beach and the Fiddaman Creek catchment.

“In order to build on it a mountain of fill will have to be dumped into the wetlands that cover the block.

“This will exacerbate the serious flooding problems already being experienced by houses in Emerald Beach; it will destroy Fiddaman Creek and pollute the Solitary Islands Marine Park.”

Cr Graham said the land parcel, generally known as ‘the Reid block’, had not been identified within the growth area boundaries for the Mid North Coast Regional Strategy.

He said Coffs Harbour City Council and the residents and ratepayers of Coffs Harbour did not want to have to deal with the disastrous consequences of this approval.

“Coastal inundation mapping shows the entire land parcel under water in the near future. The only reasonable and sane use for this land parcel is to leave it as the swamp that it is,” Cr Graham said.

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