The Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, and Special Minister of State, the Hon. Anthony John Roberts paid a visit to the Eurobodalla Council today meeting with the member for Bega Andrew Constance and Eurobodalla Council. As there was no media call the meeting was not accompanied by any announcement so it can only be assumed that there was discussion around the key Planning issues affecting the Eurobodalla being the as yet unsigned Rural Land Strategy and the Coastal Management Plan. At the recent Meet the Candidate Forum in Merimbula Will Douglas, Green’s Candidate for the seat of Bega, sought an assurity from Andrew Constance that the Eurobodalla RLEP would not be signed off until after the election. Mr Douglas was told that the Department of Planning were still working through the state agency submissions, particularly the one from the Rural Fire Service.
Will Douglas and Labor candidate Leanne Atkinson gave a commitment that if elected the NSW Greens and NSW Labor would not sign off the current draft RLS but send it back to Council to properly address the concerns/objections of the six state government agencies. At a community meeting on Monday 19th December 2018 in Surfside, the Member for Bega also gave the residents of Lower Surfside an unequivocal assurance that there will be NO “PLANNED RETREAT” policies applied to their properties. With both planning issues being of possible election concern to the Eurobodalla community it is inevitable that there would be a visit from the Planning Minister. We will have to wait and see what was discussed and agreed to. Looking forward to seeing an end to the RLEP so that we can all move forward.
Above: Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning - Department of Planning and Environment Photo: Department of Planning and Environment - NSW Government