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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2040

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I seek leave to make a short statement.

Mr SPEAKER - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr Ian Robinson (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation has reached agreement on findings and recommendations which have been presented to the Parliament and if implemented will ensure that at least that part of our coastline in the Jervis Bay area will be available for the use and enjoyment of the community. Although the report concerns a specific localised area with its own particular problems, the Committee has attempted to set down guidelines which could give a lead to land use planning in other areas, particularly where conflicts have occurred or are possible between environmental and various other interests.

The report highlights the need for government at all levels to be increasingly aware of the priceless heritage represented by the many beautiful parts of our Australian coastline. It also stresses the requirement for the effective management and preservation of Australian coastline resources which are currently hampered by the lack of a co-ordinated land use policy developed by the Federal and State governments in consultation with local governments.

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