Have your say about conserving Maroochy's 'significant vegetation'
Maroochy Council plans to amend the local law guiding the conservation of native vegetation on private land and invites the community to have their say on the proposed changes.
Mayor Joe Natoli said the proposed amendments aim for a better balance between landholder needs and the wider public interest in conserving our natural assets.
"The proposed amendments recognise the significance of this native vegetation for healthy waterways, soil erosion, the survival of native animals and the character of the area but they also cut red tape.
"For instance permission to remove trees will now be included in development and building approvals and commonsense exemptions will apply for essential land management activities."
"Maroochy is one of Australia's biodiversity hotspots boasting an extraordinary number of sub-tropical species," said Cr Natoli.
Cr Natoli said that other Council or state owned conservation areas such as the Bli Bli wetlands and the Botanic Gardens at Tanawha are protected by different legislation and unaffected by the proposed changes to Local Law 19.
The proposed amendments are on public display from Monday 4 June until Friday 6 July at Council's Customer Service Centres at Nambour and Maroochydore, and at all libraries including the mobile library.
Further information and feedback forms are available from www.maroochy.qld.gov.au
and by phoning Customer Service on 5475 8501.
Public information sessions, attended by Council Officer able to answer questions will be held -
6-8pm Tuesday 5 June, Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Main & Church Sts, Buderim. 6-8pm Tuesday 19 June, Palmwoods Bowls Club, 1 Nicklin Road, Palmwoods.
6-8pm Wednesday 20 June, Mapleton Community Hall, 31 Obi Obi Hall, Mapleton.
6-8pm Tuesday 26 June, Kenilworth Public Hall, Kenilworth - Maleny Rd, Kenilworth.
6-8pm Wednesday 27 June, Eumundi School Arts, Memorial Drive, Eumundi.
Written submissions will be received until close of business Friday 6 July, 2007.