ECA CALLS ON LABOR TO DECLARE “NO PLANNED RETREAT”
Eurobodalla Coast Alliance President Russell Schneider AM has called on the Labor Party to declare a policy of “no planned retreat” in coastal management.
Mr Schneider said Eurobodalla residents would be disappointed that Labor’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for the Environment Penny Sharpe was unable to explain Labor’s coastal management policy when interviewed on ABC radio this morning.
VIDEO: Penny Sharpe, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Heritage and Shadow Minister for Trade Deputy Leader of the NSW Labor Party speaks with Simon Lauder of ABC South East Radio February 27th, 2019Recorded under Fair Dealing All copy right remains with ABC
Instead she suggested it will be one of the first items on the agenda if Labor wins government. In the forthcoming State election.
“That is not good enough for coastal residents who need to know where the Party stands on this issue before the election and not after the event” Mr Schneider said.
“On the Central Coast of NSW Labor Councillors have supported planned retreat---a policy which is aimed at forcing people out of their properties by making homes unsaleable and insurance unaffordable.
“In Eurobodalla the State Government has now made it clear it prefers managed adaption to climate change by providing at least $5 million to provide protection for low lying areas such as Surfside, and local MP Andrew Constance has declared repeatedly his opposition to planned retreat.
“ I call on Penny Sharpe and all candidates for the Bega electorate to commit they will not support planned retreat in residential areas, and will guarantee the $5 million provided or an engineering solution at Surfside as a matter of urgency.
“I also expect all Eurobodalla Shire Councillors to do the same.”