Help us get this issue on Minister Stokes' desk.
As the planning minister, Rob Stokes is responsible for exercising environmental planning and assessment functions across NSW as part of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). He also has responsibility for identifying and protecting publicly owned land for use as parks and public spaces and for enhancing and expanding the state’s parks, gardens and open spaces.
As we know, vertical seawalls kill beaches. As a key public space for residents and tourists alike, the beach's protection falls firmly within Minister Stokes responsibilities. As an assessor with the Northern Beaches Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia, and being the elected member for Pittwater as well, we hope that this is also an issue close that will hit (literally) close to home.