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The new high-density mini-city at Kings Forest is currently up for comment. As it is proposed to situate this on top of one of our three remaining koala colonies on the Tweed coast, naturally the members of Team Koala have been taking a keen interest in it. The proposed fence is a step in the right direction by the developer; however, it is very unclear who would be responsible for the maintenance of the fence, and its upkeep.

The best solution would be for the developer to adopt the same principles of koala management as occurred at Koala Beach. The simple raft of rules has now been scientifically proven to work. If we could care about our wildlife enough ten years ago, why would we go backwards now?

Councillors will vote to either ‘endorse’ or ‘note’ the professional planners’ reports on Kings Forest development.

This is one of only two ways Sydney will find out what locals think should happen. Merely ‘noting’ the reports in effect tells Sydney we don’t care what happens in the Tweed, and I’m sure we do. The meeting time is now 10.30am, and I urge as many people as can to come and see your councillors stand up for our koala population.

Councillors and Sydney need to know we care what happens to the Tweed. Will you please help? It would be greatly appreciated.

Jenny Hayes

Team Koala


Kings Forest or trees?

Many thanks to The Echo for advertising the Kings Forest public information meeting at Cabarita last Wednesday night.

There were no hecklers and everything went very smoothly.

We had about 70 people in the audience listening to speakers from many different environmental groups who were sharing their knowledge of KF. The speakers were very informative and many people were shocked at the many problems there are with Kings Forest.

Subjects covered were ecological, social and economic issues, potential for koala extinction, lack of water-saving incentives (necessitating a dam at Byrrill Creek when it need not be done), rate increases, impact on Cudgen Nature Reserve and the illegal clearing of Blacks Creek.

It’s appalling that there has been no public consultation by council, state planning or Leda! How are we supposed to write submissions on such a huge project application (basically a mini-city for 15,000 people) that has 98 attachments over Christmas/New Year when we are busy with family and social commitments? Without help few of us would be able to do it.

If people would like to submit a form letter re Kings Forest they can go to www.bluecray.org and download several different form letters or write their own based on the content.

Submissions need only be a few lines stating your concerns about Stage 1 project application. Deadline is January 25.

Liffy Jack


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