Greens to stop sea walls
OWNERS of beachfront properties will not have the right to build temporary sea walls on beaches without development approval if the Greens have anything to do with it.
NSW Greens MLC Ian Cohen said the party will send legislation that grants those rights to a Parliamentary Inquiry.
“If this Bill goes ahead, it will begin the fortification of our coastlines, with rock walls encroaching onto our most treasured beaches in the not-too-distant future,” Mr Cohen said.
“The implications of this legislation, as well as the issues it’s trying to address, are enormous and it mustn’t be rushed through Parliament.”
The Greens are seeking to send the Coastal Protection and Other Legislation Bill to a Parliamentary Committee so that the full impacts of climate change and coastal inundation on NSW coastal communities and coastal ecosystems can be investigated.
They say recommendations can then be made as to the best whole-of-government response.
“A broader investigation into rising sea levels is urgently needed,” Mr Cohen said.
“The State Government is clearly failing to grasp the severity a changing climate is already having on our coastline. Sea level rise and coastal inundation is occurring right now from Kingscliff to the south coast of NSW – our offices are being inundated by people who are literally watching the beaches in front of their properties disappear.”
He said planning for rising sea levels is one of the toughest things any government anywhere will have to do and Australia needs a whole-of-government approach, not one that pits neighbour against neighbour and beachfront dwellers against the rest of the community.
“The short-term vision of this current State Government is on show once again. This legislation should be called the ‘Coastal Private Property Protection’ Bill due to its prioritisation of private property protection over beaches,” Mr Cohen said.