Corinne Fisher who last year took the reins of a fledging community action group in Sydney, the Better Planning Network, and turned it into a powerful coalition of groups credited with halting the NSW planning reforms, is stepping down.
Fisher told The Fifth Estate she would hand the reins to Jeanette Brokman, before heading off for a long break with her family.
But before leaving, Fisher has lobbed another grenade in the direction of the NSW government. This time it’s to protest what’s been labelled rampant tree lopping under the so-called 1050 rules designed to protect property from bushfires but used by many residents to open up pleasant, property value enhancing views, Fisher says.
In a media statement on Tuesday distributed by Fisher and another coalition of community groups from Sydney and the Central Coast said Fisher said there would be a protest outside the NSW premier Mike Baird’s office next Monday.
The protest will be hosted by the Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society, Save Little Manly Foreshore Inc, Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust and Mosman Parks and Bushland Association.
As part of the protest, groups and individuals will present the premier with stumps of trees that have recently been cut in their neighbourhoods under Code 10/50 for reasons that have nothing to do with bushfire, Fisher said.
In her role as Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Society spokesperson Fisher said: “We now know that Code 10/50 is being widely misused and that it is a complete and utter policy failure. Why the premier hasn’t yet stopped this carnage of our neighbourhoods boggles the mind.”