EDO to discuss Lismore LEP

The Environmental Defender’s Office will be holding a public forum to discuss the Lismore Local Environment Plan (LEP) next Wednesday, May 19 at the Red Dove Hall on the corner of Keen and Woodlark Streets.

“LEPs are the main way that local councils protect the environment, allocate land for future development, and manage potential land use conflicts,” explained the EDO’s education officer Mark Byrne. “This plan covers the whole council area and will replace the 2000 LEP. New LEPs are required by the State Government, and have to fit into a very circumscribed template that has been causing councils all sorts of headaches since it was introduced in 2006.

“Unlike some other local council areas, there isn’t much biodiversity left in Lismore outside national parks and nature reserves and state forests. This makes it especially important that we do everything we can to protect what’s left,” Mark said.

The new Lismore draft LEP is on public exhibition until July 29. The EDO’s forum begins at 5.45 for a 6pm start. Light refreshments will be provided.


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