Council moves to protect island

BY ADRIAN MILLER

A DRAFT plan of management for Hickey Island could restrict vehicular access to the island if passed.

The draft, which is on public display in Grafton, Maclean and Yamba, also addresses environmental protection issues regarding the island.

Clarence Valley Council strategic planning manager Dave Morrison said the plan of management, which is required by law, would look at ways of protecting the island while still making it user friendly.

"It addresses all potential long-term use conflicts for the area," he said.

"It's trying to provide better and more controlled user amenities. Things like car parking and picnic areas and actually controlling those uses a bit better."

Mr Morrison said controlling the use of vehicles on the island was one of the main concerns.

"One issue it does raise is looking at restricting vehicle access to large parts of the island which at the moment isn't really controlled," he said.

"... Not stopping it completely, but certainly controlling it in a far better way and restricting it to areas where it can be managed."

Mr Morrison said once passed, the plan would set the parameters and guidelines which council would work within in managing the island.



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