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Thinking about the next 10 years, what would be the best environmental improvement action the Clarence Valley community could take?

by Executive Support, almost 7 years ago

Consider our intention: Our intention is to protect and maintain a robust, healthy natural environment, and visually diverse natural landscape, including the rivers, wetlands, forests, floodplain and coastline, and ecological values in our settlement areas, actively protected and cared for by our whole community, supported by effective resources and environment education.

  • Tess almost 7 years ago
    More education on recycling and waste in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Ozplanman almost 7 years ago
    We have a huge capacity to turn the Clarence into the first local government area in Australia to become completely sustainable in our electricity generation. Firstly, we have a relatively low population density for our LGA area which creates an opportunity to generate enough power for that population from within our area. The coastal zone is dominated by national park areas where wind power generation could be put in place, with an emphasis on minimal disturbance to the natural environment, that would have minimal impact on human populations or aesthetics. Further, we have a major river which could be utilised to generate tidal and hydro electricity. We have large areas of relatively poor quality land (from an agricultural perspective) especially on the sandstone geologies, which could be used for solar farms and/or wind farms as well as investigation into soil based carbon sequestration. With university resources close at hand there is both an opportunity for joint program development in the development phase as well as ongoing involvement of students contributing to the development of income sources for the local economy and research into sustainable energy technologies and environmental studies.I'd like to see the Clarence becoming a showpiece in this area into the future.
  • Ecohawk almost 7 years ago
    To stop the progress of CSG mining within the Clarence Valley and neighbouring Council areas. These lands and waterways for are way too important for the community, animals, farm production & food to let be destroyed by a self-regulated industry that has a proven track record of polluting waterways (especially in the USA). It would be in the best interests of everyone to err on the side of caution in relation to CSG and all mining. Alternative technologies are required to alleviate the dependence on gas and other fuels. It is possible to go off grid without using gas or another fossil fuel - change your lifestyle back to simple!
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Reduce building and housing development, not proper services and infrastructure to support more people - overcrowded already!
  • Wayne Judd almost 7 years ago
    It has been good enough in the past to do what was possible to protect the riverside communities from flooding so it is appropriate to do the same in order to protect the seaside communities from what government informs us will be the effects of climate change. The idea put up by Council in the recent past that it may be prepared to walk away from these communities, & not protect them, is to betray them. If Council truly sees itself as representing these communities & is happy to hold its hand out for council rates (and the State government for land taxes), & If Council does not see that it has a responsibility in that regard then it is no friend of its coastal towns & villages, the people it purports to represent.
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.Plant more trees, improve parks, more garbage bins in public areas.
  • Wanderer almost 7 years ago
    1. Stop CSG exploration and mining.2. Try solar power farms + encourage solar panels on all homes and businesses.
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Open our beaches to allow 4WD access (rubbish removal) for safety.
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy:1. Not proceed with West Yamba Flood Plain Development2. Concrete flood area roads which are continually washed away at great expense instead of tar with soil etc foundations.
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. 1. STOP CSG MINING - it will destroy our environment quickly and completely.2. Provide more bins in community used areas eg parks, beaches.3. Stop West Yamba Development, it is absolutely ridiculous and will destroy all the natural floodplain where a lot of our wildlife call home!
  • Executive Support almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Direct/channel floodwater from the Clarence Coast to Regional NSW.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.We are fortunate to have the Mighty Clarence River. Let’s make sure the Clarence and all its tributaries are clean and usable water, not polluted by CSG chemicals or septic runoff and other human wastes and poisons or farm and industry waste and poisons.
  • JustJo almost 7 years ago
    Making more awareness to the wees & waterways; Considering the possibilities of utilising this valuable resource we have and considering how the Valley could in future years self sustain itself with energy (ie Hydro, solar etc)
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copyMake bins available for used small batteries.If it hasn’t already been done so, the refuse and recyclable bins at Woody Head National Park should have better signage. Visitors need to be enlightened.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copyPlant more trees instead of chopping them down, create more ‘green’ spaces and encourage more gardens for the community to use.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copyPlant more trees and create more parks.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. • To enact the findings and proposals of the Clarence Valley Councils Biodiversity Management Strategy• To make the Clarence Valley completely coal seam gas free.• Green initiatives for unemployed youth and particularly for young indigenous people to get working on their land to connect with their country, help local Councils with securing grants for these, if they are interested.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Contributed by hard copy:Clear the trees (banksia) on lighthouse hill Yamba to restore to 1960's level of vegetation - also Flinders Park and behind Pipi Beach so people can actually sit in their car and see the ocean. Aged and disabled cannot walk! becoming a fire hazard and vermin.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy.Open up access to and viewing of the river. Picnic grounds, playgrounds, facilities (toilets etc) parks, seating. Stop cutting down trees!
  • protect almost 7 years ago
    We MUST HAVE legislation to control Cats to protect our endangered native animals and birds.Legislation should include rules that control cats within their owner's environment and they should NEVER BE ALLOWED TO ROAM. This can be achieved a) with an External Run attached to the house OR b) taking the cat for a walk on a lead/harness.PLUS - only a set number of people should be allowed to breed cats and they must be approved and registered + they can only sell DE-SEXED CATS to private owners. THIS WILL THEN MEAN THAT A CONCERTED EFFORT CAN BE MADE TO CATCH AND DESTROY ALL FERAL CATS before they deprive us of native species of animals and birds that are important for the biodiversity in our bushland. WE HAVE ALREADY LOST TOO MANY SPECIES AND ACTION NOW MUST BE SWIFT AND EFFECTIVE SO THAT WE CAN LEAVE OUR CHILDREN A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE NATURAL HERITAGE.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Action to ensure that diversified activities are established to ensure there is an active and vibrant community spread over a wide range of ages.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Better parks and swings etc. picnic areas, BBQ's. Tip free for rate payers - x 4 a year.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. No Coal Seam Gas!!!!
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. No CSG!No heavy industry!Promotion of tourism and agriculture.
  • Anon almost 7 years ago
    Comment contributed by hard copy. Ensure that we have a vibrant and active community able to contribute to a broad range of diversified activities.