Carr says no to coastal request
BY ADRIAN MILLER
A MORATORIUM on coastal development rezoning will not be granted by the Carr Government because it believes coastal land has enough protection.
A spokesperson for Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Craig Knowles, said the moratorium would not be granted because the government had already introduced unprecedented levels of protection along the coastline.
The moratorium was called for by the Total Environment Centre (TEC) and the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), which on behalf of 130 regional coastal environment groups, called on the Carr Government to stop rezoning land while regional strategic plans were developed.
NCC director Cate Faehrmann was disappointed with the outcome and concerned how much latitude was given to developers.
"We're incredibly disappointed for what this means for communities up and down the coast," she said.
"The Government is being very developer friendly at the moment and they are giving developers enormous opportunity up and down the coast, which is to the detriment of communities that live there."
Ms Faehrmann said the NCC would continue to lobby the Carr Government.