Nambucca River care team back
JUST months after being disbanded for being reportedly ‘unwieldy’ and too costly, the group charged with overseeing the health of the Nambucca River has been reinstated and expanded.
A number of community representatives addressed Thursday night’s meeting of the Nambucca Shire Council to implore councillors to reconsider their decision of last October to axe the Nambucca River Estuary and Coastline Management Committee.
Oyster grower Richard Barrie said the termination of the committee was a big mistake.
“The estuary is very important and a downgraded estuary would be very bad for everyone,” Mr Barrie said.
Peter McNally from the Nambucca River Users Group also spoke for the reinstatement of the committee while Eleonora Snart called for a representative of the Nambucca Tourism Association to be added to the group
“The river is vitally important to tourism and its appeal to visitors can not be over-estimated,” Ms Smart said.
Councillor Janet Court said she thought a representative from Landcare should also be on the committee while Cr Paula Flack wanted a member of one of the shire’s environmental groups included.
“We should be seen to be inclusive. It’s all about getting the genuine impute we need as our estuary and coastal areas are under the most pressure we need a truly representative and comprehensive body,” Cr Flack said.
The council’s decision to add tourism, Landcare and environmental representatives will bring its membership to 17 including six government and two council delegates.
To keep costs down the new committee will largely correspond electronically and meet quarterly.