BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD FOR DRAFT LEP

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD FOR DRAFT LEP

30 June 2010

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George supports the vote of no confidence in Lismore City Council’s Draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) moved at a meeting held at Lismore Workers Club last night.

The meeting, which was called by Mr George and attended by more than 200 Lismore City ratepayers, aimed to explain the draft LEP for Lismore, in particular the benefits and implications for the people of Lismore City Council (LCC) area.

Speakers included Paula Newman, Lismore City Council’s Strategic Planning Co-ordinator, Kath Robb, Board Director NSW Farmers Association and Kel Graham, Coo-eeEE Property Rights Group president.

The vote of no confidence in the draft LEP was one of three motions carried unanimously due to the document being flawed and LCC was called on to withdraw and correct it for reasons including, but not limited to the following: -

  1. LCC has not followed the recommendations of the NSW Department of Planning and the NSW Department of Industry and Investment in relation to the preparation of a new LEP for rural lands.
  2. LCC has not adequately informed or communicated with rural landholders in sufficient detail to ensure all affected owners are aware of the issues.
  3. Many of the maps and plans shown on LCC website are unable to be printed and read. Additionally some of the maps, including the flood prone maps, are totally inaccurate.
  4. The productive value and protection of Class 2, 3 and 4 agricultural land, currently zoned 1(a), 1(b) and 1(r) should be zoned RU1 under the draft LEP as per the state government agency guidelines.
  5. No privately owned agricultural land currently zoned 1(a), 1(b) and 1(r) should be zoned E3 or E2 under the draft LEP without the landholders consent.

The second motion moved, to inform the Premier of NSW, the Minister and Director General for Department of Local Government, the Minister and Director General for the Department of Planning, the Minister and Director General for the Department of Industry and Investment and the Minister and Director General for the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, will be carried out by Mr George.

It was also moved that the LCC submissions closing date of 27 July, 2010 be extended by a further minimum of two months.

“The meeting reflected the consultation processes that were being used by Lismore City Council for the LEP up until the meeting convened by me, have been a clear failure,” Mr George said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577