Gosford Council could scrap sea level rise notifications (LINK)
GOSFORD Council is set to do a back-flip on sea level rise notifications on property documents and residents couldn’t be happier.
Councillors have called for a report on the implications of removing the contentious notifications on the S149 (5) planning document. This follows months of community outrage in the face of escalating insurance premiums and plummeting property prices.
Coastal Residents group president Len Gibbons said members were pleased the council had taken the first step in a “more reasonable” approach to the situation. “It was good to see that all the councillors were in favour of the move,” Mr Gibbons said.
Residents create tide of protest against sea level rise claims. 2 May 12 by Terry Collins
Hundreds of Central Coast residents rallied at Gosford waterfront on Friday to protest the handling of the sea level rise issue by Gosford Council and the state government.
Organised by the Coastal Residents group, the protesters assembled at Burns Park and marched through Gosford, with brief stopovers at the offices of Robertson Federal Labor MP Deb O’Neill and Gosford Council chambers. They called on Gosford Council to remove notifications on S149/5 certificates for properties likely to be affected by sea level rise.
They also demanded the state government repeal amendments to the Coastal Protection Act. “This whole sea level rise issue is a hoax,” group secretary Pat Aiken told the crowd. “This is an overreaction to a sea level rise prediction which is not even relevant.”
Professor Robert Carter said a sea level guage at Fort Denison, which had shown a rise of only 4mm over the past 20 years, should be the guide. “The councils are taking global figures provided by the United Nations when they should be looking at the facts in their own area,” he said.
However, Wyong councilindependants Greg Best and Doug Eaton both spoke at the rally.
See Thank Heavens for Bob Carter.
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