NSW Farmers hosts forum on e-zones

NSW Farmers Association is hosting a special forum on environmental zones on the Far North Coast in Lismore this Wednesday 2 July 2014.

The association’s north coast manager Mick Burt said local NSW Farmers branches were concerned with some aspects of the plan and wanted to ensure a balance is struck when it comes to zoning land for its most suitable purpose.

“Our local branches and rural landholder groups are working hard to ensure the plans deliver sensible outcomes for farmers and enable sustainable food and fibre production,” he said.

“Local residents should be proud that work on this issue led to a state wide review and a report being released last month. Now what’s important is ensuring the report has adequately addressed agricultural values.

“The purpose of the forum is to gather feedback on the government’s draft report that we can take back to the Department of Planning.

“We hope all farmers concerned about environmental zones and their impact on rural land in the Lismore, Tweed, Kyogle, Ballina and Byron Bay shires attend so they can let us know what they think of the draft report.

“It’s important to get this right. The NSW Government has indicated that findings from this review will be used state wide. I urge landholders to come along, have a say, so we can critically discuss this important report,” Mr Burt concluded.

Local environmental plans are prepared by local councils to guide planning decision for local government areas. NSW Farmers key concern has been around the imposition of environmental zones on top of existing environmental protections which can quarantine productive agricultural land.

Date:  Wednesday 2 July
Time:  7:00pm
Place:  Lismore Workers Club
RSVP:  Michael Burt 02 6564 2355

For more information please contact Michael Burt on burtm@nswfarmers.org.au or telephone 02 65642355.

30 June 2014 

Contact: Danica Leys

Phone: 02 9478 1078

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