The Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) has voted to put a draft intensive farming discussion paper for community engagement over the month of April to mid-May.
By the Editor.
At the last CHCC meeting on 28 March the following motion was voted on.
Resolved (Cr Tegan Swan / Cr Sally Townley)
1. Note the Intensive Plant Agriculture Discussion Paper (Attachment 1) and Intensive Plant Agriculture Land Use Overview Table (Attachment 2).
2. Proceed to community engagement through public exhibition of the Intensive Plant Agriculture Discussion Paper in conjunction with the Intensive Plant Agriculture Land Use Overview Table; and simultaneous re-exhibition of draft Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy – Chapter 5 Rural Lands for a minimum period of 28 days.
3. Note that a further report will be brought back to Council to present the outcomes of the public exhibition process, and for consideration of a final Coffs Harbour Local Growth Management Strategy – Chapter 5 Rural Lands.
For: Crs Knight, Amos, Arkan, Rhoades, Swan and Townley
Against: Crs Adendorff and Cecato
Councillors Cecato and Addendorf voted against putting the Discussion paper on public display arguing the paper, which includes proposals for development applications for future intensive farming operations was taking on a responsibility that was not a local government one.
Councillor Addendorf also added he though the proposal was to ‘appease the few’
This was hotly disputed by the mover of the motion, Cr Townley, who argued recent community forums for the state elections, and also other meetings in recent times, uncovered ‘huge concerns for both public and environmental health.
She further stated ‘many people in the community are eagerly awaiting this and having the opportunity to comment.’
In 2015/16 it was estimated that the gross value of agriculture in the CHCC local government area is worth $250m per annum. Blueberries make up 38% of this. Or $95m per annum.
You can find out more and make your voice heard at:https://haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au from 4 April 2019 to 15 May 2019, where you can view draft Chapter 5 Rural Lands, Intensive Plant Agriculture Discussion Paper, and the Intensive Plant Agriculture Overview Table and provide your feedback.
In addition a community meeting hosted by the Bellingen Environment Centre is being organised on this issue for Tuesday 9 April, 6.00 pm (18.00 hrs) at the Coffs Harbour Community Village Government building.
For directions to this meeting’s venue see: https://wego.here.com/directions/mix//Coffs-Harbour-Community-Village,-2450-Coffs-Harbour:e-eyJuYW1lIjoiQ29mZnMgSGFyYm91ciBDb21tdW5pdHkgVmlsbGFnZSIsImFkZHJlc3MiOiJDb2ZmcyBIYXJib3VyLCBOZXcgU291dGggV2FsZXMgMjQ1MCIsImxhdGl0dWRlIjotMzAuMzAxNjA4MiwibG9uZ2l0dWRlIjoxNTMuMTE1OTkxOCwicHJvdmlkZXJOYW1lIjoiZmFjZWJvb2siLCJwcm92aWRlcklkIjoyMjA5MjUwNzg1OTk3MzIyfQ==?map=-30.30161,153.11599,15,normal&fb_locale=en_US