Councillor Anthony Mayne has given notice that at the upcoming Ordinary Meeting of Council on 14th August 2018, he will move the following motion. Recommendation MOTION THAT in the first instance that Council defer voting on the Draft Rural Lands Strategy and that Councillors and Council staff meet with the relevant NSW Government Departments that are objecting to the Strategy to try and satisfy their objections. On the Community Voice Eurobodalla social media page Anthony Mayne posted his own personal opinion suggesting that Council STOP & Listen! He writes "Rural Lands Strategy needs another serious look" "Mayor says "As far as I'm concerned we have heard of all of those concerns before." Not the case at all." "As a Deputy Mayor, many of these concerns are new. In fact we are only now hearing from nearly 600 submissions, including 15 Associations and multiple State Gov departments asking some serious questions & raising serious objections." "I spoke with a Fisheries Department representative the other day at a public meeting - there is real concern by the experts about this Strategy. Grazing in wetlands - which of course filter the water that ends in our rivers that feed the Oysters!!"
"How then can all the concerns have been heard before?"
"I think we need to pause, take a breather and have a good look at this Strategy before we take one more step."
"Let's get it right - Eurobodalla - South Coast NSW. Great to see the ongoing coverage by 2EC, ABC South East NSW, The Beagle, Ian Campbell, Peta Doherty"
"This is my personal reflection."
Above: Councillor Mayne suggests at a community meeting in Tuross Head that the process comes to a halt until the councillors listen ("and I mean actually listen" he said ) to the concerns of state agencies, organisations and the community.