More power for beachside residents

The NSW government says a plan to give beachside residents greater powers to build barriers against coastal erosion doesn't place the rights of property owners ahead of the environment.
The new measures will be put in place to protect areas affected by coastal erosion, such as Belongil, and are supposed to clarify the rights of both property owners and councils.
However, local councils and green groups oppose the proposal, which they say puts property owners rights ahead of the environment and general public.
The most controversial aspect of the proposal allows the government to override a council's refusal to let beachfront residents build sea defences, if locals mount a challenge. The measures will also force councils to prepare emergency storm plans and introduce a code of practice for residents and councils  building barriers.


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