Submissions on land use pushed

DESPITE the granting of a two-week extension until March 14, Coffs Harbour landholders are being urged to lodge their submissions to the draft Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy as soon as possible.

NSW farmers representative Gary Dew said he had been pleased with the assurances of the Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Steven Sawtell that all submissions will be read and collated irrespective of their ability to address the guidelines.

“I would like to add that people making submissions need to make it quite clear whether they agree or disagree with the strategy and not have points for and against, as this will complicate the compiling of the submissions,” Mr Dew said.

He said it was vital the landholders were aware of the implications of having category two or category three land marked on their property.

“Within category two, or land mapped in brown, you can’t touch a tree for on-farm use or sale,” Mr Dew said.

“Within category three land, which is marked in blue and replaces the former 7A classification in the new strategy, you won’t be able to interfere with any native species already growing or which germinate in future.

“Down the track when you submit a development application ( DA) for anything on category two or three land, you might automatically trigger the fencing off and planting out of the zones,” Mr Dew said.

Under the draft strategy any sub-division rights they haven’t taken up on land to be categorised as category two or three will most likely be lost.

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