Private land owners warned

COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is reminding landholders who may be affected by the Coffs Harbour Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy that submissions close tomorrow.

The strategy was released by Coffs Harbour City Council last year as a draft but due to concerns raised by the NSW Farmers’ Association and other members of the public, the date for submissions was extended.

“The majority of landowners were unaware of the effect this strategy would have on their land holdings until a public meeting was held at Nana Glen on February 9,” Mr Fraser said.

“At that meeting landholders were advised that the proposals under the strategy required not only the retention of vegetation but also a draft regulation in the plan requires the restoration and rehabilitation of cleared land on private property.

“The strategy imposes huge restrictions on private property and yet again reduces revenue opportunities for primary producers on private property without equitable compensation.

“The consultation draft was compiled with input from CHCC, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, the Department of Planning, the Northern Rivers Catchment Authority, and 17 other individuals, none of whom represented private landholders or farmers.”

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