Planning for the future of the New South Wales coast: history and science in the quest for certainty
Paul Adam, 2003. "Planning for the future of the New South Wales coast: history and science in the quest for certainty", Conserving Marine Environments: Out of sight, out of mind, Pat Hutchings, Daniel Lunney
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The framework for coastal planning in New South Wales was established before there was detailed understanding of the environmental values of coastal habitats. Measures to give greater consideration to environmental values have to be applied within a system which gives high weight to western property rights. Inadequate knowledge and changing environments mean that absolute certainty is impossible and that the merits of particular developments will continue to be contested. The proposed comprehensive coastal assessment should improve the decision making process but will not, of itself, be the panacea to solve all problems.