Cossack planning changes set to pass

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VideoCossack landowners discuss the long-running issue of development in the coastal Pilbara ghost town.

The State’s environmental watch-dog has cleared the way for a planning amendment to allow for tourism development in Cossack.

A local planning scheme am-endment to rezone a special control area in Cossack with a new special control area allowing tourism development was submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority by the City of Karratha.

Key environmental factors in the area include regionally significant mangrove areas and a benthic primary producer habitat.

In the EPA’s recommendation, it was concluded the amend-ment could be managed through referral of development proposals, which may affect mangroves.

The EPA stated the amendment was unlikely to have a significant impact on the environment and would not need to be assessed.

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