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What are the big issues for the Clarence Valley Environment in the next 10 years?

almost 6 years ago

What do you believe are the main issues for our community’s natural surrounds? What new issues may we face over the next 10 years? Do you have any suggestions to assist in maintaining a sustainable environment in the Clarence Valley?

This consultation has now concluded. Thank you for your interest and your input.

  • lehmans almost 6 years ago
    CVReview has sort of summed it up nicely below:* CSG Mining - drive around the Hunter, drive around west of the Blue Mountains and see what it is like. I am horrified that some of our councillors are supporting this industry and encouraging it to come here. How selfish - it's all about money. Federal have already alluded that Northern NSW is sitting on a pile and needs to take one for the good of the country. Please no mining of any type in the Clarence Valley.* land clearing - insidiously creeping away* fire management - and I'm not just talking about NPWS (who does more hazard reduction burning than any other public department - sorry to bring in facts!). * volunteer support - we are asking more, and more, and more, and more of our volunteers, and they are usually the same people! RFS, SES, Landcare volunteers and so on. They can only do so much. * Drought support for landholders
  • Gavinrayward almost 6 years ago
    1) Coal seam gas and mining. Keep them out of valley2) Littering and Rubbish - See CVReview's great comments below.3) Flooding - there is bound to be a bigger one soon! 4) potential spread of the fig trees. Could be speculation, but apparently the figs only reproduce if the fruit is injected by a certain wasp, which until recently did not come this far south. The wasp is now here so the fig tress can reproduce. This will have significant consequences.
  • cvreview almost 6 years ago
    Education of what great environment CV has, how to protect it and what threatens it. Need constant updates by Council on weeds. Speaking with people, they fear asking Council/Weeds advice or help due to "wielding stick" mentality ie., 87 yr old lady doesn't want to notify Council regarding TSA as she is worried that she will have to clear it and has no money or the man-power. Can the Council introduce an "Aider" program (similar to RFS), use work for the dole perhaps - and advertise the fact. Many people have the time and man-power but not the equipment to tackle weed infestation - can't Council loan out equipment.Rubbish - help volunteers help Council. From experience, Council does not want to engage with residents who would like to clean rubbish from beaches, streets, and storm water traps. Council certainly doesn't do it and I think the paperwork and insurance or couldn't be bothered in thinking outside the square to encourage willing volunteers - it's beyond their work description. I see on the news, many other councils working with the community in litter programs so........Cats and Dogs both rogue domestic and feral - Council needs a program to assist residents in education (micro-chipping, de-sexing, etc), curfews, trapping, euthanasing. Our wildlife is being destroyed and people's way of life, pets and livestock threatened. Tree-changers not understanding or realising their responsibilities in managing a rural block. Education in organisations that can assist them. Pollution controls - sewerage, recycling, etc maintaining and establishing infrastructure for existing areas before new developments considered.Development - not in bushland, sensitive areas, not to destroy any hollow-bearing tree.
  • tim almost 6 years ago
    The rampant proliferation of the cats claw vine on the upper Clarence, its killing all the trees holding the riverbank together, and how much money will be spent repairing properties collapsing into the river.Cutting down the trees on the riverbanks for views, its usually so obvious who is doing it and it hasn't stoppedThe Orara River is a disaster upstream from Ramornie Bridge, over- development and cattle have caused it to totally silt up most of the way to Boardens Bridge. The river literally flows under the sand. Its a natural disaster no one knows about
  • jase sheaffy almost 6 years ago
    CSG is the biggest threat not only to the Clarence Valley but the whole state. The only way to protect it is when the council receives notification of where wells are going to be drilled then get comprehensive air soil and water baseline testing independently done [Southern Cross Uni ? ] where the proposed site is. cutting the cost of having just random ones where they will not be drilling.. This holds the Gas companies accountable for water air and soil protection. With the threat of litigation they will certainly be a lot more careful as well as being accountable to any changes to the environment. Also protecting vegetation and wildlife throughout the entire Clarence Valley.. More surveys on local wildlife numbers and habitat protection. A greater understanding of humanities incredibly large footprint. protect the Coldstream as well as all waterways , water is life and worth preserving.
  • dobbo1007 almost 6 years ago
    Keep our farms and forests. Make people develop and build in towns.
  • aussiebw almost 6 years ago
    CSG would have to be the single biggest threat to our Environment that the Clarence Valley faces in the next ten years. Allow this insipid industry into the Valley and you can kiss our fishing and farming industries goodbye. You can also kiss goodbye our clean water, air and beautiful environment. If the council does just one thing for the environment in the next ten years let it be say NO to CSG mining.
  • Ecohawk almost 6 years ago
    The threat of CSG mining and pollution from that into our waterways. This is a real threat, just look at the state of farms in the USA due to mining. This is the scariest thing to happen on the north coast and everyone should do their very best to object to this. Urban sprawl or clear fell development. There should be regulations on tree felling as I believe there are no tree regulations in Grafton apart for the Jacaranda (weed species) and the figs in Briemba Street. There should be better management of street trees here and some thought towards open space corridors, especially with the National Parks and State Forests, create some linkages.