Govt plans future of Crown lands

CROWN lands on the North Coast are to come under a State Government plan of management in a move aimed at achieving consistency across local government area boundaries.

NSW Lands Minister Tony Kelly yesterday announced the Land and Property Management Authority will develop the plans for the Byron, Ballina and Richmond Coast Regional Crown Reserves.

The authority has already completed a plan of management for the Tweed Coast Regional Crown Reserve.

“This project will result in strategic planning being put in place for 122km of coastline covering an area of 8820ha,” Mr Kelly said.

“This will achieve consistency in planning across local government area boundaries on important issues, including climate change and sea-level rise along our coasts, natural resource management and increasing demand for tourism services, and will advance the social and economic development of our communities,” he said.

“This is an important and necessary initiative for the coastline of one of the State's fastest-growing areas.

“Tenders will be called next month and in consideration of the size of the project it is expected to take up to 12 months to complete.

“As the plan is progressively developed there will be ample opportunity for the community to provide input.

“When the draft plan is completed there will also be an additional period for full public consultation.

“The Keneally Government is committed to maintaining Crown lands for use by future generations.”

Mr Kelly also announced $50,000 in funding to help rebuild the Lake Ainsworth Tourist Park, which was damaged by the mini-tornado that hit Lennox Head on June 3.

“The mini-tornado caused extensive damage to holiday vans, cabins and the amenities block,” Mr Kelly said.

“While most of the damage costs will be covered by insurance, this funding will meet further costs associated particularly with repairing and upgrading the amenities building.

“While the park is still operating as usual, these repairs will finalise restoration of the amenities block.”

The Minister will be at the Clarks Beach Caravan Park in Byron Bay today at 9.30am to officially open the second stage upgrade to the park.

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