Letters to the editor: Policy could prevent pile burning and slashing on properties (Nov 7)

THE DETAIL: A letter sent to some property owners in Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast recently might have implications for how land can be used. Picture: Kitty Hill.
THE DETAIL: A letter sent to some property owners in Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast recently might have implications for how land can be used. Picture: Kitty Hill.

Letters worth close look

I HOPE property owners on the Central Coast and in the Lower Hunter areas who received letters from NSW Planning, Industry and Environment about the 'Annual Update of the Transitional Native Vegetation Regulatory Map' took the time to read the detail and get further information.

If it is proposed to classify their land 'Category 2 - Sensitive Regulated Land' they may find they will be prevented from continuing current farming and other pursuits as large portions of their land could be quarantined due to being deemed as having "important ecological values".

Under Category 2 they will be unable to conduct any land management activities without first contacting the Local Land Services office to determine what activities are allowed. Under the proposal clearing, including underscrubbing of trees and shrubs, clearing regrowth of any height, clearing native grasses or other clearing, is prohibited.

This policy presents serious concerns as it will prevent pile burning and reduction of bushfire hazard by owners (even if in a bushfire-prone area), thereby increasing the risk of stock and property losses. It will be impossible to dig new dams or erect new buildings. No slashing will be permitted so weeds will proliferate.

The classification has the potential for significant negative impact on property sale prices. There will be no financial compensation for any losses, financial or otherwise.

The date for lodging submissions has expired, however anyone who objects to having their land autocratically quarantined by the NSW Government should seek an extension from the Department; apply for a Category Explanation Report; make a submission; and consider submitting a Native Vegetation Regulatory Map Review application.

If they are unsuccessful they should then seek the assistance of their state MP.

- Jane Graham, Cooranbong

Acts of kindness

I WOULD like to send my thanks to the motorists who stopped to help me on Wednesday, October 23. I had fallen on the road in Rosedale Communities and was visible to drivers travelling on Deaves Road. Several drivers stopped to render assistance and I thank you all very much. I broke my left hip but am now recovering well.

- Greer Whalen, Cooranbong

Plea to boat owners

NO longer is our waterway at Brightwaters, Windermere Park and Morisset Park crystal clear and pristine. Instead we have fuel and oil slicks, increased lake seaweed issues, and generally dirty lake water to swim, kayak, canoe and paddle board in.

Not only these issues, however, but the speed at which the luxury boats approach and leave the Trinity Point marina leaves our shoreline looking like a surf beach. The erosion this is causing to the lake's edge is immense.

The boats are severely hampering the lifestyle many of us have worked extremely hard over the years to afford. The lake belongs to all.

Could the owners of the luxury boats please be mindful of the speed they travel and the rubbish they dump into the lake? You may not live here, but I do. I value and respect the lake. You should, too.

- Leanne Molenaar, Brightwaters

Car park speeding

I AM bemused by the speed at which people drive in car parks. It's as if Coles was about to run out of bread. Don't these clowns realise that as soon as they get out of their cars they become pedestrians? If you can't control the urge to speed, have your groceries home delivered.

- Geoff Smith, Mount Hutton

Selling salad sandwiches

HUNGRY Jacks is spending a lot of money advertising a salad sandwich. Will the Whopper shoppers take to it?

- Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay

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