North Coast Plan due in April
It has been a long time but the North Coast Plan is due to be
released in April. "There
was considerable community interest in the Draft North Coast
Regional Plan during the feedback period". Well, yes! We
particularly did not like the proposal that Valla be defined as a
potential mining area for the next twenty years.
But some good news. Hexagon Resources
has relinquished the exploration licence, EL-6702, that was hanging
over our beautiful valley. It was "not considered to be prospective
for Hexagon" when I enquired at their office. So, the Department of
Planning now has no reason to consider that Valla is a potential
quarry. We shall be wanting to see this reflected in the Plan.
Submissions to the Draft Plan have now closed. Thank you to
everyone who participated. Let us hope that we have made a
sufficient impact on the government that there is no social licence
for mining in Valla.
We will update this page when further information becomes
available about the final form of the Plan. We will continue to be
vigilant in the protection of Valla from the unbridled destructive
greed of the mining companies.
Council submission available to view
The submission points, collected from the community, to be made
to the Department of Planning by the Nambucca Shire Council
are now available to view. You will have to scroll about halfway
down the page to Item 9 (Draft North Coast Regional Plan - Review
Workshop material now available
The EDO has made available the material of the workshop that was
held on Sunday 7th of May. You can
download it here.
Writing a Submission
Following the workshop with the
Envionmental Defenders Office
(EDO) yesterday I have compiled
this guide to help people to make an effective submission to the
Step-by-step guide to making a submission online
I have compiled this quick guide
to making an online submission. It covers the mechanics of
submission, but not the contents.
Summary of meeting with Planning Department
Yesterday there was a public meeting organised by the NSW
Planning Department to discuss aspects of the Draft Plan. Apparently
it was meant to be a meeting of stakeholders and information about
the meeting had been forwarded to appropriate organisations, peak
bodies and environmental groups. Perhaps that is why no organisation
I was involved with had heard of the meeting. I could find no
reference to the meeting on the internet apart from this page.
Having it at 3:00pm also did not help. In the end the meeting was
attended by four people, three of them from Valla.
In the end it was a very constructive meeting. The important take
home message is that the active involvement of the community is what
will be most important to the outcome. If the community knows what
they want, and are active and vocal about expressing it, then that
outcome is most likely to be achieved.
To this end it is important that submissions to the Draft Plan be
of high quality. This is why we are organising a submission writing
workshop. You can find out more information about the workshop
here and on
Preparing to make a Submission to the Draft Plan
This Thursday the Planning Department is having an information
session about the
Draft North Coast Regional Plan. This will be held at the
Coffs Ex Services Club at 3:00pm, 28 April. Our local member,
Nationals MP Melinda Pavey, will not be there but we will be. If you
can get there come along.
Here is an article in the
Nambucca Guardian that outlines how concerned our local member
is about the prospect of making all of Valla a mine.
Don't forget to let us know at
you would like to attend the submission writing workshop at the
Valla Beach Community Hall on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am. This will
be presented by the Environmental Defenders Office. You can view the
promotional flyer here.
Results of Council Meeting
Thanks to all the people, over 400 of you, who turned up to the Valla Hall Council
meeting on Thursday evening (14 April 2016) to express their concern about the North
Coast Plan. I think we made an impression on our representatives
that the residents of Valla do not want our beautiful valley to be
threatened by mining.
This is a good start to our campaign to protect this community.
In the next six weeks we have to ensure that as many people as
possible make a submission to the Draft North Coast
Plan. The presence of so many concerned resident is, I believe,
forcing the Council to revise their submission to the plan. But it
is up to all of us to make a submission because this is a State
We are planning to have a submission workshop on Saturday, May 7
at the Valla Beach Hall. Note that this is tentative and has not
been confirmed yet.
This is not a situation where form letters will work. All the
submissions must be original and express what you feel. In the
coming weeks we will list a number of tips for creating submissions.
But at the very least are the following:
No mining of molybdenum - repeal the exploration licence
EL-6702. People say that there are no plans to take this on
to a mining licence. If that is so then remove the threat and repeal
No expansion of Valla Quarry. This poorly placed
quarry has been the bane of residents for twenty years. When its
current DA is finished then close the quarry and rehabilitate the
site. Note that
Resources states that the molybdenum vein that they are
interested in originates in the Valla Quarry site so if they were to
follow through to a mining licence then this is where they would
No new mines.
Here is the report by Prime 7 on their
Friday night news.
Here is a report on the
Here is a report in the
Nambucca Guardian that appears to show contradictory information
about the Exploration Licence. Does it expire in 2017 or has it been
extended past 2017? Why extend the licence if there are no plans to
go to a mining licence?
Here is a report of the meeting in the Coffs Harbour Advocate
Council Meeting at Valla Hall
2016 at 5:30pm
The NSW government has put forward a Draft North Coast Plan
for public “consultation”. (Have you been invited?) Go to:
From here you can download the draft plan and also fill in a
questionnaire to have your say.
The most disturbing item you will find, on page 33, is that
Valla is earmarked to be a very large mine. The scope from
the government maps is extensive. From the Pacific Highway in
the East, the border with Bellingen Shire in the North, West to
the Bollanollas, and South to Rodeo Drive and Tewinga.
The whole image can be found here.
What can you do?
The first thing is to
visit the planning website,
have your say on the surveys on the page, and download the Draft
Plan. Submissions close on June 2nd.
Secondly, turn up to the Council Meeting at Valla Hall this
Thursday, 14th April
at 5pm for light refreshments for meeting to start
5:30pm. Leave work early, babysit your children or take them
along. Residents of Valla and Valla Beach - you need to be at
We will have a petition that you can sign at the meeting,
clearly stating that Valla and Shire residents do not give a
social license for Valla Quarry to expand and to repeal Mining
Exploration Licence EL 6702 and any
other mining license that may pertain to Valla.
Please put your name on a contact list at the Meeting, so we can
keep you informed and even better get you involved in the many
activities that need to be done over the next six weeks. This
meeting is too important to miss. Ensure your neighbour turns up
This is our one and only opportunity to
speak out on our vision for the future of Valla. Our silence
on this issue will be interpreted by the NSW government as
consent for our homes to be turned into mine dust. Once this
plan is in place it is locked in for 20 years
and will only be expanded in the future.
We need to stand together as a community to refuse to have our
beautiful valley end up as a mine.
We have until June 2nd 2016 to have our say on our
vision for Valla and to reject the NSW and Nambucca Shire
Council plans to turn Valla into a mine.