The wants of a few
As a resident of Lake View Drive and a frequent user of Barker Park at Burrill Lake, I always believed this park was an important community asset for environmental reasons. That's what the council signs at the reserve make it out to be.
How does the proposed boat shed benefit the environment at the lake's edge? Certain recreational opportunities need to be restrained sor proper environmental protection of that part of the lake. How does this "boat shed" ensure the long-term protection of the lake's environment?
How does this construction fit into any council strategy to protect and conserve the natural resources of Burrill Lake and ensure the lake is ecologically sustainable in the long term, as is council's responsibility?
How many of these Mollymook outrigger canoeists and Makai paddlers live at Burrill Lake, let alone near Barker Park and what justifies the need for this boat shed?
It seems, due to council's unanimous support of this proposal, the "wants" of a few, once again outweigh the needs of the environment.
S. Craig, Burrill Lake
Bypass should go west
Considering the bypass route was allegedly designed in 1999, I'm hoping they will make considerable changes through Ulladulla as the area has grown significantly since 1999. A bypass running alongside all the new houses when it would be so much better further out west seems like a missed opportunity to me. Hopefully this will be taken into consideration when the final plan is drawn up.
S. Twitchen, Ulladulla
We don't caucus
It is disappointing to see Terry Barratt engage in the same sort of personal insults another Greens councillor has been exercising in the media. I always respected Terry for being one of the moderate Greens when compared to those selected above him to be elected who are all from the more extreme Greens Left Action.
Still this personal campaign continues. They throw in overtones of corruption as well suggesting bloc voting and caucusing. This is worth a response.
Genuine council observers can see that Shoalhaven Independents councillors do not always vote together. On the various issues, there are numerous voting patterns within the group. Why? First, we strongly believe in independence and, second, we don't ever caucus. Even when we are allowed to on electing a deputy mayor we still don't caucus.
Cr A Guile, Durran Durra
Fire plan non compliant
Bushfire Hazard Reduction Burning is risk management as directed among other guidance by the Shoalhaven Bushfire Risk Management Plan, developed in accordance with NSW Rural Fires Act 1997. This plan is available online on council's website.
The Bushfire Risk Management Plan is directed to provide for the identification of the location of reduction burning that has been completed with other risk management requirements. The plan should advise through regular public consultation what effect the burning has had on fuel reduction and therefore hazard and risk reduction of bushfire. Unfortunately the Shoalhaven Bushfire Risk Management plan does not provide that information. The plan does not cover much of the land in the Shoalhaven eg Morton National Park, although the maps are unreadable online.
The plan has been prepared in accordance with a superseded Risk Management Standard (AS/NZ 4360 of 2004 vice ISO 31000 of 2009). It does not explicitely identify who has accepted the often very high levels of bushfire risk identified. By my assessment the plan is non compliant and does not optimally fulfill its purpose. Who knows what hazard reduction has been completed and what has been achieved?
C. George, Nowra
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