Posted by Doug Brown, Saturday, 16th June 2018 @ 2:37pm
SHASA CONCERNS WITH THE PROPOSED RURAL LANDS STRATEGY
Good morning, my name is Kathryn Maxwell, I am the chair of SHASA., the South coast Health and Sustainability Alliance.
SHASA was set up 4 years ago with the goal of achieving a resilient Eurobodalla community. We have over 300 on our mailing list.
In addition to being the SHASA chair for the last 15 months, I have worked for 10 years as one of the administrators of the National Landcare Program for the Australian Government.
This work has exposed me to the impact of poor land management decisions and the attendant degradation that comes with them. Land that is badly damaged by high levels of clearing, salinity, soil acidification, erosion, and loss of estuaries and waterways.
It has also exposed me the heartache, loss of income and the high cost of fixing land degradation.
SHASA is very concerned about the proposed significant and widespread sub-division of privately owned agricultural and bush land in the Eurobodalla. In some cases from 1000 ha lots to lots of 10 to 40ha in size.
Conventional wisdom is that farmers need more land, not less land to operate a profitable agricultural enterprise.
With a more variable climate, we can anticipate hotter summers and reduced rainfall. Treed areas produce more rainfall than cleared areas so clearing wooded areas will only exacerbate this problem.
Dividing up highly productive agricultural land for rural residential blocks will result in many more hobby farmers. It will result in much more clearing, more pet animals, more roads, more decimated wild life, more polluted run-off, more mess.
With the current rural land arrangements we are so fortunate in the Eurobodalla to have excellent native vegetation cover, particularly on our hill sides and around our estuaries and waterways. We have successful agriculture. With the help of current protections we have healthy catchment assets in many areas of the shire.
The proposed rural lands strategy would remove the current sensible land management protections and replace them with lower level protections.
Just as all fishing operators benefit from the marine protected areas, our farmers benefit from the current healthy terrestrial landscape in the Eurobodalla, one of the best in Australia.
To illustrate SHASA's concerns I would like to focus on the land south-west of Tuross Lakes - Area's 25 and 25a in the draft proposal maps.
This land is heavily vegetated and goes right up to the southern edge of Tuross Lake - one of the most iconic locations in Eurobodalla, and to the eastern edge of Borang Lake, an important oyster lease. This land also borders Eurobodalla National Park.
It is proposed that 1000 ha blocks are to be sub-divided into 40 and 20 ha lots.
If this happens there will be extensive clearing of intact native vegetation ( contiguous forest) in an area described by the Office of Environment & Heritage as a biodiversity hotspot with High Conservation Values and known aboriginal cultural heritage.
The Office of Environment and Heritage also points out that it's a protected catchment area and a high fire risk area. Fire risk mitigation, by itself requires extensive clearing around dwellings built in those areas.
Clearing for such subdivision will result in habitat fragmentation, increased erosion, and damage to the water catchments of both lakes.
Not only will this damage existing rural land, but it will also likely damage the oyster leases nearby.
SHASA does not believe that the proposed Rural Lands Strategy will enhance agricultural production in the Eurobodalla, rather the opposite.
SHASA knows you have been working on this for a long time, but a bad, irreversible strategy should not be adopted.
Posted by Doug Brown, Thursday, 7th June 2018 @ 5:29pm
Eurobodalla Shire Council is proposing the removal of many very significant land protections under their new Rural Lands Strategy Planning Proposal. Protected E3 land is becoming R4 opening up the land for a range of uses. Grazing in wetlands will be allowed again, after being protected for nearly 50 years.
Council has extended the deadline for comment to June 22, 2018. If you care about the protected lands of Eurobodalla, please read up and give Council your feedback.
Posted by Doug Brown, Tuesday, 5th June 2018 @ 1:54pm
SHASA has partnered with Moruya Bicycles to offer a great deal on Shogun E-Bikes. If a minimum of 5 people sign up for one of these electric bikes SHASA can secure a price of only $1,279, a significant discount on the retail price of $1,599.
Electric bikes are a great way to get around, make going up hills easy, and are great for shopping. They are very cheap to run and can eliminate the need for a second car for those living in or close to town centres. With fuel prices on the rise there has never been a better time to buy an electric bike.
Angus Murphy from Moruya Bicycles outlined that "the bike is offered in three frame options, 18 inch mens, 18 inch step through and 16 inch step through. All models feature a 36V 250W rear hub drive motor with 3 levels of assistance and a 10.4Ah lithium battery giving a riding range of 2-3 hours on a single charge. The Shimano 7 speed gear system and pedal assist sensors deliver a smooth riding experience making hills disappear. All electrical components are covered by a 2 year warranty.”
Angus Murphy also said “Moruya Bicycles commitment to towards sustainability includes a 5kW solar system, and a comprehensive recycling program - we segregate cardboard, soft plastic, hard plastic, metal and glass all for recycling. We also reuse as much packaging as possible, new bikes come well packaged and we reuse much of this packaging dispatching online orders to all parts of Australia.”
If you would like to check out these electric bikes please visit Moruya Bicycles at 10 Ford Street Moruya. If you would like to sign up for an electric bike at the special SHASA bulk buy price of $1,279.20 please contact Kathryn Maxwell from SHASA on 0467 558 645 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Micro Energy in partnership with SHASA, is delighted to offer residents and business of Eurobodalla access to quality PV Solar systems at competitive prices.
We choose to use reliable inverter & battery technology with Aussie made panels, that are not only manufactured onshore but utilise local business and distribution networks every step of the way. Facilitating honest information, quality components, good pricing and accessible warranties is important to us; we’ve removed the middle man so that you benefit from dealing directly with the company installing your system.
And from every watt of Solar Installed, a contribution is made to SHASA to assist with health and sustainability projects for the local community. Residents purchasing solar also receive a years free membership to SHASA so you can keep up to date with this progressive alliance...a win win!
Contact Lisa at MESA direct(make sure you mention SHASA)