Planning Minister Hears Local Concerns

Planning Minister Hears Local Concerns

Concerns from local residents about coastal hazard notations impacting on properties at Lake Cathie have been raised with the Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams met with Minister Hazzard regarding the Department of Planning & Infrastructure Draft Planning Circular relating to coastal hazard notations which when finalised will be the new guidelines for councils when completing S.149 certificates.

“I know that submissions have been forwarded to the Department from the Lake Cathie Coastal Residents Group and local residents relating to this matter but I felt it was important for the Minister be made aware of these concerns.

“The concern of residents relates to the dissonance between risks that should not be included according to the proposed Draft Planning Circular and that which must be included under the precautionary principle in the NSW Coastal Policy 1997.

“Minister Hazzard has publicly indicated the reason for the new S.149 Guidelines which the NSW Government is currently developing is because ‘we just needed to get councils to jump away from that doomsday scenario’ and I wholeheartedly agree with this view.

“However residents fear that the subjectivity of the definitions in the Draft Planning Circular will provide councils with the opportunity to continue to adopt the ‘doomsday scenario’.

“The Draft Planning Circular suggests that councils seek their own legal advice on the specific wording to be included on Section 149(2) and Section 149(5) planning certificates and it is my understanding that many local councils have done just that.

“Minister Hazzard has listened to the concerns I raised on behalf of the residents and indicated that they will be considered along with all other submissions as part of the review currently being conducted,” Mrs Williams said.

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