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tonyhWed, 23/01/2019 - 1:55pm

One of the biggest threats to the security of our village comes from the vandalistic burning of cars in the bush around our village. The number of burnt-out car bodies is on the rise and there have been vehicles found alight no more than a few hundred metres from the village.

In the short time span required for a fire to spread to our village, the fire services would have little chance of attending to save lives and property.

To my mind this is arson of the worst kind. I have no idea how this problem can be...

mpicklesMon, 14/01/2019 - 9:28am

The Director of Forestry has clarified changes to the Laws regarding logging. The use of timber for power stations is ruled out. The maintenance of habitat has been increased with further restrictions on logging. More information is available on the website : http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/native-forestry/integrated-forestry-operations-approvals/coastal-ifoa.

Dear Ms Pickles,

I refer to your email to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP about forestry regulations. Your email was referred to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and I have been asked to reply.

The NSW Government is committed to the long term...

tonyhTue, 18/12/2018 - 3:55pm

An announcement was made recently by the MCC that a decision had been made by Councillors to remove tree and vegetation controls from the Great Lakes Development Control Plan at their September meeting.

This statement has resulted in much confusion and, I suspect, the recent escalation of chainsaw activity in the village.

I have spoken to Josh Duncombe, Tree Management Officer at Forster, for clarification. The Council is legally obligated to follow a process which includes community consultation before the DCP covering tree preservation can be amended. This will take some time.

Meanwhile the existing controls remain...

mpicklesWed, 05/12/2018 - 8:18am

The following information is provided by the National Parks Association regarding changes to logging laws which if passed will create a major impact on forests in our area.


NSW Forestry operations operate under 20 year long Regional Forest Agreements. The original intention of this was to achieve a balance between logging and conservation. The last agreement failed to protect our forests with dreadful breaches of regulations such as those shown in our nearby Lorne State Forest on the 7.30 Report. These agreements are now due for renewal and the government has proposed...

janinerSun, 25/11/2018 - 9:31pm

The overgrown and derelict oyster posts on OL86/140 were removed by the leaseholder earlier this year. 

At low tide, it is obvious that some posts were missed. From the shore five posts are visible on the southern half of the lease and four on the northern half of the lease. These posts are not visible at high tide and are a navigation risk for the unwary.

We have informed the Fisheries staff at DPI and they said that they would notify the leaseholder. With the summer holidays approaching, please make sure that your visitors are aware of the problem.


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