Greens discuss strategies



COASTAL development, threatened species and water will be under the spotlight at this weekend's NSW Nature Conservation Council regional conference in Maclean.

The Nature Conservation Council, one of the state's peak environment groups, is holding the annual conference today to discuss strategies in the lead up to next year's state election.

Council director Cate Faehrmann said environmentalists from across the state would attend the meeting.

"The annual regional conference is an opportunity for environmentalists to share experiences, develop common policy and plan campaigns," she said.

"Our member groups are doing amazing work right across the state and regional conferences allow our campaigns to be better planned and executed."

As part of the conference, the group will travel with Clarence Valley locals to sensitive coastal areas around Yamba.

"One of the key topics for discussion this year is coastal development and overdevelopment," Ms Faehrmann said.

"Coastal communities are being increasingly threatened by subdivisions and inappropriate development, especially with recent developer-friendly planning law changes.

"(We will) see for ourselves what the Government's planning reforms mean for local communities and the environment."

Ms Faehrmann said that with the next state election less than a year away, the conference would be a good chance for environment groups to bring issues associated with overdevelopment into the public spotlight.



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