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Mayne declares a conundrum: Does Council cherry pick OEH advice that suits them

With the Eurobodalla Rural Lands Strategy Proposal soon to be dealt with by Council there has been considerable discussion around the submissions made to it and the fears that these submissions will be glossed over my Council who might be swayed to think that it has all been heard before. Submissions by the Rural Fire Service, The Department of Fisheries and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are among the hundreds that councillors will have to wade through before they consider adopting the strategy. With individuals, associations, organisations and State agencies all providing detailed submissions of concerns the recent statements coming from Council via the Mayor that there is nothing new being said and that it has all been heard before is leaving a sour taste to those who had hoped that the five new councillors, who have not read it all before and heard it all before might look closely at the opinion and concern of many of the submissions that have been lodged by experts in their field. The issue of the OEH submission to the Rural Lands Strategy and Council's apparent dismissal of its concerns come to the surface during Council's meeting of July 31st, 2018 during discussion of a Flood Plain Conference report.

Video: Ordinary Meeting of Eurobodalla Council Date: 31st July 2018 Discussion around the Office of Environment and Heritageduring Agenda Item: DR18/0032018 Floodplain Management Conference

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