Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Searching for Truth in PHACS

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Searching for Truth in PHACS

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Byline: Graeme Singleton

IT is back to the drawing board for the architects of Coffs Harbour City Council's controversial and ill-fated draft Priority Habitats and Corridors Strategy (PHACS).

A staggering 592 submissions were received when the draft strategy went on exhibition earlier this year and now council staff has been told to go back and Cyground-truth' key assumptions within it.

But council's Director of Land Use, Health and Development Mark Salter denies the revisiting of the PHACS document amounts to an admission that council got the strategy wrong.

C[pounds sterling]The responses to the strategy showed that there was a lot of concern within the community, particularly in rural areas, that the aerial photography we relied on when drawing up the habitats and corridors was not accurate,C[yen] Mr Salter said. C[pounds sterling]So what we're going to do is have people on the ground to validate the aerial images we used and allay the concerns of residents. …

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