Evans Head residents have serious concerns about t

Evans Head residents have serious concerns about the NSW Governments final strategic plan for the future of Northern NSW released earlier this month.

Vice-president of the Evans Head and District Residents and Ratepayers Association, Richard Gates, said the plans 60 per cent cap on growth for the coastal strip was already violatedat Evans Head.

The population for Evans Head is set to double how does this fit with the Ministers limit? It makes a mockery of his 60 per cent rule, Dr Gates said.

Other issues of concern included the proposed controversial Iron Gates development on environmentally-sensitive land at Evans Head, which Dr Gates said made a lie of the Ministers promise that the strategy will guard against inappropriate development.

Dr Gates said the strategy had nothing in it obliging the rules of ecologically-sustainable development, a hallmark of NSW planning legislation.

It is pure guesswork on the part of State Planning that the environment can sustain such growth, he said.

The strategy also failed to deal with the major backlog of infrastructure work needed on the Far North Coast to make it viable.

The region is already under major pressure, just look at the state of our rivers the addition of another 60,400 people will not solve this problem.

The state government is prepared to back ocean outfalls for sewerage. How is that sustainable and appropriate?


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