CEC Autumn Newsletter

In this issue: Canute style leadership Southgate State Forest logging The NSW Koala Strategy MKII - Comments and train-of-thought asides from Pat Our Regional (undrinkable) Water Supply Some interesting flash-backs relating to current problems Another chance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions squandered COP26 declaration viewed as a window of opportunity to destroy forest Mining companies have no Social Licence to operate in the Clarence Valley ‘Convos in the Carpark’ event at Turner’s Beach, Yamba

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SUBMISSION: to Local Land Services ‘North Coast Natural Resource Management Plan’

Having read through the Plan, we are left somewhat disappointed. Given the climate change driven extremes we have encountered over the past 4 – 5 years, we were hoping to find a greater degree of forcefulness, for lack of a better term, in ensuring best practice NRM is occurs across all sectors. Instead, this plan, has the objective to: “Promote the Landscape Restoration Flagship Program as the region’s overarching approach to delivering integrated landscape scale NRM programs ….,” which merely tinkers at the edges of the problem.

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SUBMISSION: to Clarence Valley Council’s ‘Managing unreasonable conduct by complainants’ policy

Unreasonable conduct by anyone is unacceptable. It is also something that, as an environment group, is not at the forefront of the Clarence Environment Centre’s concerns. However, we have experienced behaviour, or more often a complete lack of response, from council staff over the years, that we believe contributes to an escalation of tensions, leading to what could be deemed to be “unreasonable conduct”.

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SUBMISSION: to the Clarence Valley Community Strategic Plan

The Clarence Environment Centre has a proud 32-year record of environmental advocacy, with conservation of the natural environment an absolute priority. As such, we view planning as the key to an ecologically sustainable future.

Having been alerted to the above document privately at the last minute, this submission will be far from comprehensive. However, we would like to make the following observations in relation to the salient points of the Draft.

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The water quality crisis update

Twelve months on from the delivery of the "Water Quality Crisis” report, another flood, and another announcement from council (5th March 2022), to the effect that: “Our drinking water storages at Shannon Creek Dam and Nymboida River have received a huge amount of dirty water over the past week. The dirty water will affect our water treatment processes and we unfortunately cannot be certain of the water quality”.

As our earlier report explained, supported by evidence, it is soil disturbance through human activity and bad management that contributes to excessive turbidity, not just heavy rainfall.

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CEC Summer Newsletter

Vale, Stan Mussared Political spin - how they do it in politics More on plastics pollution in agriculture A worrying trend - that is disastrous for biodiversity The two minds of Chris Gulaptis Plans to reopen the Mt Carrington gold mine The reality of the West Yamba rezoning decision is revealed

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