Growth Imperils Australia's Fragile Coast

A sharp increase in building permit approvals for second homes in Victoria's coastal towns are raising questions about appropriate forms of development and the adequacy of local planning.
January 14, 2004, 12pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"The State Government is being urged to curb an explosion in seaside development, amid claims that Victorians' love affair with the beach is now threatening the state's fragile 2000-kilometre coastline.With new figures revealing a 60 per cent increase in coastal building activity in the past three years, heated debate has erupted among residents, environmentalists, developers and politicians about the emerging urban sprawl by the sea."

Thanks to Kath Phelan

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Published on Monday, January 12, 2004 in The Age, Australia
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