At Tweed community access last week, several speakers spoke passionately about the dire straits koalas are in.
One speaker said they were considering placing a large advertisement in a local paper close to September, informing residents how various councillors have voted in the last four years, in relation to koala motions. This would help koala-lovers vote at the next election
Mayor Barry Longland scoffed at this idea, giving the impression he thought this was unfair. Clearly he missed the point made about how passionately residents do indeed care about koalas and that this is an election issue (no laughing matter).
Jenny Hayes from Team Koala read out several impassioned online comments. One comment referred to Kings Forest as a future slum, where koalas would be wiped out.
Cr Joan van Lieshout asked why would Kings Forest be considered a slum. Does she not realise when you cram 15,000 people together in lot sizes less than half the minimum, you could end up with a slum situation?
Cr van Lieshout was very concerned that, if councillors voted for koalas being listed as locally endangered, it might threaten Kings Forest. While Ms Hayes denied this, it showed the gallery that Cr van Lieshout appears to care more about developers than koalas.
Jim Warburton pointed out that while the general concern of councillors was that development would be threatened by an endangered koala nomination, the reverse was true; koalas were being not only threatened, but also killed by developments.
Coastal koalas number fewer than 130 and there needs to be 175 of them to survive on the coast.