Workshops explaining new approach to North Coast environmental zones

EDO NSW will be conducting three free community workshops in Lismore, Murwillumbah and Byron Bay on 23, 24 and 25 November about recent changes to the way North Coast councils can set aside land for environmental conservation and management. 

6 November 2015

The NSW Minister for Planning recently announced the reforms following a three-year review of the way that environmental zones (E zones) and overlays in LEPs are applied by councils on the Far North Coast. The review arose from perceived conflicts between agricultural and environmental uses of land in the region, and from apparent concerns that Far North Coast councils were introducing E zones on land previously zoned for rural use without evidence of the environmental significance of the land.

The changes, which are set out in the Northern Councils E Zone Review Final Recommendations Report, currently apply to the Ballina, Byron, Kyogle, Lismore and Tweed Local Government Areas (LGAs), but may have State-wide implications.

The workshops will explain what the reforms mean in practice for the environment and communities on the North Coast, and will be relevant to residents, agriculturalists, conservationists, Councilors and council staff and others interested.

Workshop details

Lismore
When: 5:30-7:30pm Monday 23 November 2015
Where: Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, 16 Carrington St, Lismore

Murwillumbah – hosted by Caldera Environment Centre
When: 6-8pm Tuesday 24 November 2015
Where: Canvas & Kettle Room, Civic & Cultural Centre, 10-14 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah

Byron Bay
When: 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday 25 November 2015
Where: Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

For more information and to RSVP visit edonsw.org.au/events or contact EDO NSW on (02) 6621 1070 or education@edonsw.org.au.

About EDO NSW
The Environmental Defenders Office NSW is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.

We regularly conduct workshops and seminars on environmental law and policy for the community. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of the local community, with an emphasis on the practical application of the information provided. Seminars focus on new and emerging environmental law issues.