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January 24, 2022

Developers have licence to kill

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James Bond had the iconic ‘licence to kill’ and now it seems that the NSW state government is granting a licence to kill for the developers of Lot 490.

Despite the existence of threatened species at the site and the fact that the area acts as a vital greenbelt between Kingscliff and the eyesore of Casuarina, the state has ignored the existence of threatened species and placed the economy before ecology.

There will always be more money but our nation can never buy back species that we have pushed into extinction. Are the coastal flora and fauna of northern NSW to become stuffed and preserved museum pieces like the Tasmanian Tiger?

Science is disregarded in order to make a quick buck and, despite assurance to the contrary, the money is never seen by the community and goes into the pockets of the already wealthy developers. The jobs created are menial and there is no guarantee that locals will be employed.

A nation is defined by its landscape, its flora and fauna. Patriotic people and international tourists across our nation acknowledge this fundamental fact, and our experience of nature is what defines us as Australians: such things as koalas and gum trees, which make Australia what it is, not our buildings, and not our tourist resorts and suburbs.

The current thrust towards development will destroy the very essence of Australia. What is the point of having an eco-resort when there is no natural ecology remaining? The tyranny of small decisions will destroy the unique natural environment of our area, leaving behind a landscape of weeds and feral animals.

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