CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE: Evans Head beach shows the effects of erosion after large swells and king tides produced from a tropical low last year. Submissions are now open for the draft management plan.
CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE: Evans Head beach shows the effects of erosion after large swells and king tides produced from a tropical low last year. Submissions are now open for the draft management plan. Richard Gates

Your chance for say in action plan

USERS of Evans Head coastal areas are being requested to give input into a draft management plan of the area.

Richmond Valley Council currently has the plan on display in its Casino and Evans Head offices.

The plan is a response to studies conducted into the coastline and estuary areas revealing potential threats of sea level rises, affecting community assets and housing.

This project was supported by the NSW Government's Coastal Management Program.

Richmond Valley Council's general manager John Walker said the aim of the plan was to protect and enhance the values of the area by increasing the resilience of the coastal zone and by addressing threats through efficient, effective and timely management.

Mr Walker said the area was highly regarded by residents, industry and visitors alike for its cultural and natural attributes, including Salty Lagoon's wetlands and the beach

front in the north, to the popular riverfront and rich fishing estuary in the south.

He said the plan contained important strategies for management of this unique area, which would affect a great many users over the next 10-years.

"It's vital the community has proper input into the future of the Evans Head coastal zone," Mr Walker said.

"We encourage people to access the draft plan and to drop into one of council's informal information sessions at the Evans Head administration office in January."

Two information sessions are planned for Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 17 from 5pm to 7pm where members of the project team, including council environmental engineers and consultants from Hydropshere, will be on hand to discuss the plan.

Submissions from the public will be accepted before 5pm Monday, February 11 through council's website www.richmondvalley. gov.nsw.au.

They can also be emailed to council@richmondvalley. nsw.gov.au or by mail to Locked Bag 10, Casino NSW 2470 or dropped into the submission box at council's Evans Head or Casino offices.



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