Making it clear: David Shoebridge and Rodney Degens at Hearnes Lake yesterday.
Making it clear: David Shoebridge and Rodney Degens at Hearnes Lake yesterday. Trevor Veale

Greens call for Fraser's stance

GREENS members yesterday called on Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser to “come out from under the rock” as they lamented the risks of the proposed Hearnes Lake residential development.

The development has drawn vast criticism on environmental grounds as well as its approval under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Speaking from Hearnes Lake yesterday, Coffs Harbour Greens candidate Rodney Degens said Mr Fraser needed to make his position clear on the controversial issue.

“The appeals process is likely to continue and Andrew Fraser has the capacity to do something,” Cr Degens said.

“He needs to let people know where he stands, come out from under the rock and make a statement to the people of Coffs Harbour and local council.”

Upper House Greens MP David Shoebridge said the incoming government would have the capacity to rescind political approval for the development, but they would “need the courage to stand up to the developer lobby”.

“The abuse of Part 3A by Planning Minister Tony Kelly is another example of the unfettered permission to develop regardless of the local impact and flood studies showing a risk of inundation,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Mr Fraser said he was waiting for the city council to provide environmental studies.

“I have said that if we get elected to government on March 26 then we will be getting rid of any inappropriate developments under Part 3A,” Mr Fraser said.

“It is okay for public infrastructure, but for any private developers to be approved under Part 3A is laughable.

“I have asked the general manager of the council for any environment studies they have conducted and I am still waiting for the council to provide them.

“The only evidence I have been given on the development is from the Department of Planning.”



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