Switch off biodiversity to allow bushfire rebuilds, Mayor

Switch off biodiversity to allow bushfire rebuilds, Mayor

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes is calling on the NSW Government to remove the biodiversity constraints causing unnecessary delays, cost and stress on those rebuilding after the Black Summer bushfires.“For months now, councils in the south-east have been asking the NSW Government to switch off biodiversity requirements for bushfire-affected properties,” Clr Innes said.“Asking people to jump through hoops on blocks of land that are effectively cleared is absurd.”In the Eurobodalla, up to 277 property owners will need to undertake expensive assessments under the Biodiversity Conservation Act before they can rebuild, the only way to achieve the clearing required to comply with current bushfire management standards.Clr Innes said many homes lost in the bushfires were constructed before current biodiversity and bushfire management standards were introduced.“All these people want to do is re-establish what they’ve lost,” she said.“Given their houses already existed in these locations, surely the NSW Government can amend the legislation to allow homeowners to rebuild in a way that’s safer and more resilient, but also compliant.”Mayor Innes says turning off the biodiversity constraints will save impacted residents significant time and tens of thousands of dollars.“Nine south-east NSW councils including Eurobodalla have been advocating since January for the biodiversity legislation to be switched off for our bushfire-affected communities,” she said.“While we continue to hear positive noises from the NSW Government, we’re yet to see any changes that will fix the problem.“I’m calling on the state government to sort it out.
Eurobodalla Shire Council
4 Aug 2020
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More time to pay Council rates

More time to pay Council rates

Eurobodalla ratepayers have an additional month to pay their first quarterly rates instalment.The NSW Government, which legislates when local councils can collect rates, has temporarily extended the p…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
3 Aug 2020
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New bushfire recovery support service

New bushfire recovery support service

A new case management service offering support to those significantly impacted by the Black Summer bushfires opens Monday.The Eurobodalla Bushfire Recovery Support Service will assign bushfire-affecte…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
30 Jul 2020
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Avoid post-rain winter swims

Avoid post-rain winter swims

Eurobodalla residents should avoid swimming in local beaches, lakes and rivers for the next few days due to poor water quality.In addition to dirty water thanks to runoff from the heavy rain, a large …
Eurobodalla Shire Council
30 Jul 2020
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Art prize draws near, finalists announced

Art prize draws near, finalists announced

The show must go on for one of the state’s most prestigious arts events, the Basil Sellers Art Prize.Finalists for the biennial prize were announced earlier this month, and Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
27 Jul 2020
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Shire Mayor welcomes infrastructure spending

Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes has welcomed new NSW Government infrastructure spending in the shire while praising Council’s delivery of bushfire recovery projects in the face of COVID-19.Speaking at the…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
24 Jul 2020
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Funds to help environmental bushfire recovery

Council has received more than $1.8 million funding to bolster environmental recovery efforts following the Black Summer bushfires.
Eurobodalla Shire Council
22 Jul 2020
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New playground open at Long Beach

New playground open at Long Beach

A new all-ages recreation park in Long Beach opened just in time for the school holidays, and dozens of children have been visiting daily to experience the new playground, exercise equipment, basketba…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
21 Jul 2020
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Midnight detectives do their bit to help conserve Eurobodalla’s water

Midnight detectives do their bit to help conserve Eurobodalla’s water

Eurobodalla Council has been helping local schools and businesses identify and locate water leaks with help from a data logger device.Data loggers are attached to the main water meter to track water a…
Eurobodalla Shire Council
21 Jul 2020
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