The importance of the Pottsville Wetlands-Black Rocks koala population is testament to the outcomes of the Black Rocks by the Sea Individual Koala Plan of Management (IKPOM).
This plan has resulted in the protection and restoration of more than 100 hectares of koala habitat, the value of which is evident in the regular observations of koalas in the vicinity of the Black Rocks sport fields.
Individual Koala Plans of Management are reviewed and approved by the state government.
Council has ensured that any decision made by the state government to initiate review of the Black Rocks by the Sea IKPOM will require that it be consistent with the Tweed Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management.
Council also received and noted a comprehensive summary, covering 13 years of major planning approvals and management actions, for the Black Rocks Estate at its meeting of 19 March 2015. The full report is available on the Tweed Shire Council website on the Council Meetings page.
Council is proud of its comprehensive approach to koala conservation and management on the Tweed Coast initiated in response to the outcomes of the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study.
Significant progress has been made on all recommendations of the habitat study including with regard to planning, development, fire management, habitat protection and restoration, road blackspots and landholder participation.
Troy Green, general manager, Tweed Shire Council