New development looms
COFFS Harbour City Councillor Mark Graham is gravely concerned about the outcome of a possible development application sitting on the desk of State Planning Minister Tony Kelly.
Following the recent rubber-stamping for 200 houses to be built on low lying-land at Hearnes Lake – a ruling condemned by the council generally – Cr Graham says “there have been troubling recent indications that Mr Kelly may be about to approve another highly contentious Part 3A development; a major project development proposal for 300 houses in the South Moonee Forest.
“The South Moonee Forest is entirely forested. It contains the greatest concentration of threatened species and endangered ecological communities on the Northern Beaches.”
Cr Graham said the area contains the southern tributaries of Moonee Creek, a very important part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. It also has vegetation communities not known within the reserve system.
The environmental significance of the South Moonee Forest is considerably greater than Hearnes Lake.
“Well over 300 people protested early in 2008 spelling out a giant “NO” and letting the Minister of the time know that the South Moonee Forest is too special to be concreted over. Minister Kelly must refuse the application.”