Prime food land must be protected

PRIME agricultural land on the Coffs Coast could be concreted over if major urban expansion is left unchecked, according to a local councillor.

Coffs Harbour City Councillor Mark Graham said there is an urgent need to protect the area's high quality agricultural land.

“The Coffs Coast has some of the most productive agricultural lands in NSW, with great capacity and potential for expansion and innovation,” Cr Graham said.

“But Bonville and the North Boambee Valley are under threat from major urban expansion, and the Cow Creek and Boggy Creek proposal in the Nambucca Valley will destroy production in these highly fertile and well-watered lands.”

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, will address a Sustainability Forum in Coffs Harbour.

“We must protect agricultural lands from unsustainable urban sprawl and develop food production industries to insure communities against the worst impacts of global warming,” Ms Rhiannon said.

The Peak Oil and Local Sustainability Public Forum will be held on Thursday at 7pm at Coffs Ex-Services Club, with speakers including peak oil expert Matt Mushalik.



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