13.8 C
Byron Shire
May 25, 2024

State govt must prosecute: Milne

Latest News

Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

Other News

St Helena Tunnel, Ewingsdale – changed overnight traffic conditions 

Essential maintenance at the St Helena Tunnel will be carried out overnight on the Pacific Motorway at Ewingsdale from Monday, 27 May.

He’s off, has been for years! And what’s a conspiracy amongst friends?

After ten years in Mullum I’ve relocated to the middle of an extinct volcano in Murwillumbah.

Fed gov’t doubles funds for local road repairs

Local governments across the state are to share in $1.2 billion worth of commonwealth funding for local roads over the next five years.

NSW gears up for humpback migration with expanded disentanglement team

An expanded team of specialised rescuers are poised and ready to launch as tens of thousands of majestic humpback whales begin their annual migration along the NSW coastline.

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

Lismore is getting set to celebrate diversity with Pride Month

June will see the celebration of Pride Month and Lismore will be celebrating with Project Pride.  ‘Lismore and the rainbow...

[author]Steve Spencer[/author]

Greens councillor Katie Milne wants an assurance from the NSW government that the recent clearing in the Cudgen Nature Reserve, near Leda’s Kings Forest site, will be prosecuted.

She says that koalas north of the Tweed (near where one of the proposed developments would be sited) could be extinct in as little as five years.

And she has called for an independent inquiry into the approval of two massive Tweed housing developments controlled by Leda.

Cr Milne said it was ‘absolutely imperative’ an investigation be held into the approval process which gave the green light to the Kings Forest and Cobaki developments.

‘It is my belief that Leda’s development interests have clearly prevailed over the right of the Tweed community to retain their coastal koalas and jeopardises hundreds of other species,’ she said.

‘It is imperative that an investigation be held into the approvals on the grounds of abject neglect of the environment and inadequate community consultation.

‘Both of these 5,000-lot developments occur adjacent to two vitally important bastions for coastal koalas, both north and south of the Tweed River.’

Cr Milne believes no bias was shown towards the developer.

‘My concerns, in contrast to Leda’s widely reported concerns, relate to the bias that in my opinion as a councillor has been shown towards this developer, rather than against him,’ she said.

‘The Woodward Investigation 2005 criticised Tweed Council’s inappropriate zoning and called for urgent backzoning of the sensitive coastal fringe. It emphasised that council was running out of time, yet this report was never bought to the attention of councillors.

‘There is clear evidence from an FOI application by the Greens of the NSW Department of Planning simply overriding the Department of Environment’s concerns in the 2006 zoning amendment for Kings Forest.

‘The adverse findings from three separate professional ecologists were simply disregarded during this process. Similar concerns for Cobaki were also disregarded in approvals.’

Cr Mine said council’s latest koala study showed that unless aggressive protective action is taken, coastal koalas will be extinct north of the Tweed River in five to ten years, and south of the river in 20–30 years.

‘Thousands of Tweed residents objected to these developments due to the impacts on koalas and numerous other threatened species.

‘I also seek assurance from the state government that the recent clearing in the Cudgen Nature Reserve, abutting this Kings Forest site, will be prosecuted as a serious offence. The culprit must not get off with just a slap on the wrist or small fine for what was done to this beautiful, densely forested area and to these koalas.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Wardell landowners asked to support fire ant eradication

Nearly 900 Wardell properties require treatment for fire ants, but the eradication team needs permission from each landowner.

The Darling Muffs of May need your help to reach fundraising target

Raising money to support frontline services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been the driving force behind the Darling Muffs of May’s fundraising this year.

Why does Iron Gates developer get another bite at the DA?

Locals, concerned residents and other parties were left in the dark for the first 15 minutes of the Iron Gates (Goldcoral Pty Ltd) Land...

Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.