Changes to the Tweed Shire’s local environment plan have been slammed for stripping the shire of environmental protection.
Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne says she is concerned that residents are unaware of the changes which will change the clearing rules for 8,000 hectares of land.
She says rural landowners will now be able to clear land without development consent.
Cr Milne says there are native vegetation laws but they are not relevant in the Tweed Shire.
“They were really designed for large landholdings out west of the divide where there are hundreds of thousands of hectares,” she said.
“They weren’t designed for the coastal areas where we have a lot more smaller clearing issues rather than the large hundred hectares [areas]. Our clearing issues are more the one hectare but we have a lot of them.”
The changes are part of the Tweed Shire’s new draft local environment plan which is on display until the end of the month.