Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Controversial Strategy Back to the Council

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Controversial Strategy Back to the Council

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Byline: Belinda Scott

COFFS Harbour's controversial draft Priority Habitat and Corridors Strategy (PHACS) will reappear at tonight's Coffs Harbour City Council meeting.

The council will hear a progress report on the 2010-2030 strategy, including its preparation, strategic implementation and public consultation requirements.

The strategy identifies areas of high conservation value within the Coffs Harbour local government area and the corridors or links which allow animals, insects and birds to move between them, maintaining the diversity of plants and animals over the long term.

Since the issue was debated by councillors in April last year, Coffs Harbour City Council staff have been refining the PHACS and carrying out ground truthing to support and update the vegetation mapping that underpins the strategy.

Much of the controversy over the original draft strategy centred on the divergence between what was on the ground versus what was on the maps and what would be permissible within different PHACS zones. …

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