Coffs Greens green belt call
COFFS Harbour Greens are lining up with the National Parks Association to support their call for three coastal green belts to be bought by the RTA.
The Greens said “coastal icons” at Hearnes Lake, North Emerald Beach and the South Moonee Forest should be saved for their biodiversity and lifestyle value.
All three areas are the subject of residential development plans.
The NPA wants the RTA to buy the three sites to offset the environmental destruction caused by construction of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Sapphire and Woolgoolga.
A land purchase offset was one of the upgrade conditions agreed to by then NSW Planning Minister Kristina Keneally.
“The most desirable element of the Northern Beaches is its coastal green belts between Sapphire and Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach and Sandy Beach, and Sandy Beach and Woolgoolga,” said Greens Councillor on Coffs Harbour City Council, Mark Graham.
“There is a need to protect those few remaining priceless and irreplaceable natural areas.
“The Coffs Harbour Greens are calling on NSW Premier Kristina Kenneally and Planning Minister Tony Kelly to prohibit development in all of the icon areas under threat from residential development and to commit to purchasing them for addition to the Coffs Coast Regional Park and Moonee Nature Reserve.”