By the Editor.
This is the first of a fortnightly look at the major decisions made by Councils in the Coffs Coast region at their meetings.
This week we look at the Bellingen Shire Council and tomorrow we will look at the Coffs Harbour City Council meetings held on Thursday 28 February and Thursday 8 March respectively.
Nambucca Shire Council’s next meeting is tomorrow, Thursday 15 March and we will report on that next week.
Bellingen Shire Council meeting, 8 March 2018
The issue of the regional Forestry Management Plans and Koala corridors came to the Bellingen Shire Council in its last meeting.
COUNCIL SUBMISSION – FOREST NSW AND KOALA PLAN OF MANAGEMENT
Resolved: (Cr Fenton/Cr Wright Turner)
- Make a submission to the Department of Primary Industries on the extension of the North East Regional Forest Agreement reflective of the commentary contained within this report.
- Register its objection to a new 20 year agreement being entered into without any provision for the payment of local government rates on State Forests despite the fact they are a commercial enterprise; cause significant damage to council road and bridge networks; and provide unfair competition to private forestry which does pay rates.
- Strongly advocate to the NSW government that the Regional Forest Agreement renegotiation process is used as an opportunity to set aside meaningful movement corridors for Koalas in State Forest estate that integrate with, and build upon, the work undertaken by Bellingen Shire Council in identifying linkage areas on private areas of land within Bellingen Shire.
- Strongly advocate to the NSW government that the NSW Governments north coast climate change projections of increased rainfall depths and increased erosion, are reflected in the new North East Regional Forest Agreement through the development of revised operating procedures for forestry in the north coast region. Specifically, the revised operating procedures should increase the required setbacks between forestry operations and riparian features, and further limit forestry operations on land with high slopes and erosive soils, in order to minimise the likelihood of sediment entering watercourses as a result of forestry operations.
- Strongly advocate to the NSW Government the necessity for the establishment of an additional consultative process specifically with Local Government, given the issues outlined in this report and concerns generally around economic benefit such as jobs within the shire, and processing arrangements for timber as well as environmental protection.
UNANIMOUS vote in favour of the resolution.
The Council also voted not to proceed any further with the proposed Urunga indoor multi-purpose sports stadium:
SUBJECT: PROPOSED URUNGA INDOOR MULTIPURPOSE SPORTS STADIUM -FEASIBILITY STUDY
MOVED (Cr Klipin/Cr Harrison)
- Acknowledge the findings of the Feasibility Study into a proposed Indoor Multipurpose Sports Stadium at Urunga and on the basis of this report determine not to proceed with the proposed Indoor Multipurpose Sports Stadium at Urunga as it is not financially viable.
- `Not proceed with milestone 6 and 7 of the scope of works on the basis of the outcomes of the Feasibility Study.
- Commence the process of amending the existing Community Facilities & Open Space Infrastructure Section 94 Developer Contribution Plan 2014 to reallocate any remaining funds for the Urunga Multi-Purpose Stadium to an alternative community facility, or open space project.
- Formally advise the Bellingen Braves Basketball Association of Council’s resolution, invite the Association to respond to the recommendation in the feasibility study regarding a regional discussion and thank the Association for their involvement in the development of the Feasibility Study.
For: Cr King, Cr Klipin, Cr Harrison, Cr Fenton and Cr Wright-Turner.
Against: Cr Carter and Cr Jenkins
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