Local climate action group 350 Eurobodalla has welcomed commitments by Labor candidate Leanne Atkinson and Greens candidate Will Douglas to oppose the controversial Rural Lands Strategy of Eurobodalla Shire Council.
A 350 Eurobodalla spokesperson told the Beagle "we endorse Labor’s intention to return the proposal for council to address community concerns and the objections of six state government agencies. Eurobodalla residents have stood up to demand that our shire retains its natural beauty and environment."
"We call on current MP Andrew Constance to give his commitment that the Liberal Government will not approve the plan and send it back to Eurobodalla Shire Council."
The group said that if approved by the NSW government, the plan would result in substantial clearing of bushland with release of stored carbon. These forests are bringing carbon out of the atmosphere and we need more forest trees not more clearing.
"The Rural Fire Service has objected to new dwellings in remote rural locations with steep slopes, heavily timbered lands and difficult access.
"Council’s Rural Lands Strategy is flawed if it results in more people living in high fire risk areas and more risk to fire fighters.
"The Office of Environment and Heritage, Local Land Services, and the Agriculture and Fisheries sections of the Department of Primary Industry have all objected to the plan."