Rick Aston with the fake submission and his letter from council.
Rick Aston with the fake submission and his letter from council. TREVOR VEALE

Fake submission to Coffs council

RICK Aston was bemused when he received a letter from Coffs Harbour City Council this week acknowledging receipt of his submission on PHACS – because he had not submitted anything.

And to add insult to injury, the ‘phantom’ submission opposed the Coffs Harbour Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy 2010-2013, while Mr Aston thinks it is a good idea.

“Someone is taking liberties and using my name and address,” Mr Aston said.

“I have no idea who could have done it.

“I’m not a campaigner for either side, but I feel bad because I was going to put in a submission supporting PHACS but I got too busy.

“I canoed the Orara River north of Coramba last week, stretches of the river stink like a drain and I was nearly garrotted by fencing wire.”

The Coramba resident and keen canoeist said he had been canoeing on the river more than 30 years and its condition had deteriorated a lot.

Mr Aston said he owned about 40 hectares of rural land, much of which was identified in the Draft PHACS document as priority habitat or corridors for native vegetation and animals, but he was more interested in its value for forestry and lifestyle than as farming land.

“I’m mainly interested in seeing it preserved as a buffer zone for development,” he said.

“I probably stand to lose something in the long term (from the identification of corridors and refuge areas to preserve biodiversity) but it is in the long-term interests of the district and the environment.”



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