Local State member and Shadow Environmental Minister Peta Seaton is urging all local people to take the time to read the draft drinking water proposal being circulated for comment which will set new rules for all approval processes ranging from framing to house building.
“This is our only chance to tell the State Government what we feel about the proposed ‘’Regional Environment Plan for Sydney’s Drinking Water’, which will, when finalised, have extensive powers to exclude many of the land uses and sorts of developments we take for granted in our local area,” she said.
Ms Seaton said the background to the REP was that when the Sydney Catchment Authority was created to protect Sydney’s drinking water from the threat of a recurrence of the cryptosporidium scare nearly three years ago, new rules about what would and would not be allowed in the catchment area were foreshadowed.
“This new rule – or REP will govern our planning approvals for the future. In the interim our area has been governed by SEPP 58 (State Environmental Planning Policy), but this was to be replaced when an REP was drawn up, consulted in the community, and then finalised. Now is the time for this consultation period.
“The REP can potentially rule out certain sorts of new proposals for local agriculture activity, ploughing, housing development, and a range of other land uses,” Ms Seaton said.
“It will also create pressure on existing activities to improve their environment impacts which will result in improved sewage management in particular.”
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