It’s a strange feeling to be enthusiastically clapping at a unanimous vote by Tweed councillors nominating Tweed coastal koalas as endangered when those very same councillors have undoubtedly contributed to this dire state of affairs this past four years and beyond through shameful neglect.
All these years certain pro-development councillors have voted consistently against koala motions, and suddenly they are now voting for them. Could it be they have suddenly woken up and realised that the elections are just a few months away? Or is it because the fate of coastal koalas is pretty much sealed anyway and they will be extinct in five to 10 years and won’t be in the way of developments?
Or could it be that the new general manager is steering them in the direction of the council’s charter to ‘properly manage, develop, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment… and promote the principles of ecologically sustainable development’?
Either way it’s hard not to be shocked, surprised and overjoyed when, on rare occasions like these, councillors actually do the right thing when we have become accustomed to seeing time and time again rejection of most of the pro-koala motions raised (mainly by Cr Katie Milne).
Whose idea was it to widely advertise the history of voting patterns within council of all seven councillors for the koala-loving public to see at election time? Sounds like a good strategy to me. If you care about koalas please make sure to ask your election candidate where they stand in relation to koala protection.