How do you feel about the recently released North Coast plan? We don’t like it.
While it is welcome that the NSW Department of Planning and Environment has made an effort to do something, it must be said that the work is not much more than a collection of best practise, ‘motherhood statements’ and statistics. There’s no vision, no imagination and no new thinking. Worryingly, there’s no money attached to any of the strategies. There’s also some major worries in the document which require urgent explanation.
- The Liberals and Nationals are up to their old climate change denial tricks – saying climate change “may” cause problems. Ummm, no, how about “will”?
- Impacts on agriculture doesn’t talk about climate change. Well, it is the biggest issue facing agriculture.
- There’s no talk of new business for the north coast – it is all tourism, education, health and agriculture. While good, this is more of the same.
- They talk of “large scale tourism developments in prime tourism development areas such as Tweed heads, Tweed Coast, Ballina, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie“. Gold Coast here we come?
- The plan seems reliant on growth in Sydney and Brisbane rather than organic or managed growth on the north coast.
- The plan has given up on a high speed rail between Sydney and Brisbane.
- The plan says we need Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) and the Liberals and Nationals are delivering Fibre To The Node (FTTN) (down the street and around the corner on copper).
All in all, it shows the Liberals and Nationals have no vision, no imagination, no energy and no money to deliver economic, social and ecological security and prosperity over the next two decades.
What else do we need to know? What have we missed? We’re keen to hear from you. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A few comments of concern
High speed rail
Large scale tourism
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