Dear [Byron Shire] Councillors,
My email last Tuesday to alert you of the potential removal of valuable koala habitat at 11 Grand Valley Court resulted, predictably, in total silence. I was not even paid the courtesy of a ‘Thank you for your information’ reply from any of you!
Furthermore, a follow-up email from Jane Wickers does not appear to have provoked any response.
Taking a position that an approval has been granted and nothing can be done would be simply disingenuous. The same goes for the argument that the trees and house are outside the habitat area on the map sent to you by Jane Wickers. Equally, it cannot be said that the five trees in question threaten the house.
A council holding itself out as custodians of the shire’s natural environment would not have allowed this situation to arise in the first place. And now, it would have the courage to rescind the approval.
The local Landcare group, and owners such as myself, are trying to expand the indigenous vegetation to create a wildlife corridor on Mooyabil spur. I, for one, have spent a substantial amount of money removing Camphor Laurels and replanting on my property. I am about to start another revegetation program that will extend high-conservation vegetation up my eastern and western boundaries.
And, despite months of rain, sodden soils and recent high winds, the trees in question remain firmly planted and unlikely to threaten the house. A simple maintenance regime would minimise the problem of branches falling into a seldom-used garden.
Perhaps I should seek advice about recent Commonwealth legislation aimed at protecting koala habitat and if it can be applied in this case.
David Brown, Mullumbimby Creek