LOCAL MEMBERS SEEK OPPORTUNITY FOR CONSTITUENTS TO MEET WITH LEP CONSULTANTS ON E ZONES
Ballina MP, Don Page and Lismore MP, Thomas George have requested the Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, provide opportunities for constituents affected by the proposed environmental zonings in the Ballina, Byron, Lismore, Kyogle and Tweed shires draft LEPs to air their concerns with the appointed consultant, Parsons Brinkerhoft Australia.
"We believe that February would be an appropriate time for the consultants to be available to meet with constituents who are affected by the draft environmental (E2, E3 and E4) zones. The Christmas and new year holiday period is over and by February most people have returned to their usual routine," Mr Page said.
As a result of a large number of concerns being raised about the draft E2, E3 and E4 zones in the LEPs, the Minister for Planning agreed in September last year, to allow further consultation and consideration of the placement of E2 and E3 zones on existing farming land and E4 on urban residential land.
"We are confident that the Planning Minister will ensure that affected land owners will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard by the consultants," Mr Page said.
Mr George said he welcomed the decision by the Planning Minister last September to review the proposed environmental zones in the LEPs and that it was appropriate for the next stage of consultation to proceed.
"I am confident the Minister will afford this opportunity to constituents as he has shown that he has a clear understanding of their situation," Mr George said.