Not content with the "assurances" given by Eurobodalla Shire Council's Mayor Innes Clyde River oyster growers are continuing to voice their concerns that the proposed Rural Land Strategy is simply a gateway into expansion of subdivisions into the reaches of our pristine waterways. Mayor Innes advised ABC South East listeners that the clearing of a subdivision referred to in a recent presentation by Mr McAsh to a council meeting was in fact an illegal activity. It is that very response that raises alarms with farmers and those protesting the proposal saying that Council has a poor track record of proactively ensuring compliance and have neither the resources or the capacity to oversee the forecast 255 new rural properties that might result from the proposal going through. Mr McAsh concedes that while most won't be on the Clyde River all will be on a catchment somewhere in the Land of Many Waters and that each of our rivers provides the life blood to our oyster growers along what is called the Australia Oyster Coast. Contrary to the Mayors statement that the councillors listened carefully to what Mr McAsh had to say in his five minute presentation during Public Access it was noted by those in the gallery that the councillors were predominantly disinterested in what he was saying. Mr McAsh later commented that he had in fact felt as if he was a "dirty nappy" in the chamber the way he was treated and that while the period for submissions was still open he had came away feeling that it was all a done deal and his presentation, along with others that morning, was little more than a waste of time.
Above: Kevin McAsh - Oyster farmer of the Clyde River - Voicing concerns at Eurobodalla Council's Rural Land Strategy Proposal - June 2018