New plans for coast land

The State Government is to develop plans of management for coastal crown land in the Byron shire and similar land in Ballina and Richmond shires.

They will complement a plan of management completed by the NSW Land and Property Management Authority for the Tweed Coast.

State Planning Minister Tony Kelly said the project would result in strategic planning for 122km of coastline covering an area of 8820 hectares and would achieve consistency across local-government boundaries on important issues.

These included climate change, sea-level rise along the coast, natural-resource management and increasing demand for tourism services, and would advance the social and economic development of our communities, Mr Kelly said.

“Crown reserves provide for a diverse range of society's needs and we must ensure their future is secure through careful planning for sustainable use and management,” he said.

“This is an important and necessary initiative for the coastline of one of the state's fastest-growing areas.

“Tenders will be called next month and in consideration of the size of the project it is expected to take up to 12 months to complete.

“As the plan is progressively developed there will be ample opportunity for the community to provide input. When the draft plan is completed there will be an additional period for full public consultation.”

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