Coastal plan gets nod
Despite calls for a decision to be deferred, Byron Council has adopted its controversial Coastal Zone Management Plan and will now submit it to the State Government for approval.
According to mayor Cr Jan Barham, deferring a decision until any state or federal legislation was in place would delay necessary planning for the future.
Cr Barham said the draft plan had been developed as a legislative requirement under the Coastal Protection Act, 1979.
She said the issue of coastal erosion due to storm activity and climate change was a subject being tackled by coastal councils in Australia and around the world.
The decision to adopt the draft plan allowed the council to move forward with an informed coastal management plan, she said.
Cr Barham said the council had a lot more work to do on the issue, but it could now begin with the adoption of the strategic plan.
She said the draft plan took a ‘precautionary approach’ to coastal management and detailed the many studies and investigation of available options that underpinned the coastal plan.
The draft plan aimed to address the environmental and planning issues related to the management of the shire’s coastline, adjacent lands and associated values in a strategic manner, she said.
It also addressed cultural heritage, biodiversity and emergency management.
The draft plan attracted 654 submissions which were reviewed by the council’s project reference group.