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How ironic that in a local paper last week Cr Dot Holdom talked about her focus on youth for the next election. Nothing wrong with that of course but as chair of the Koala Advisory Board for the last few years you’d think she might have at least mentioned koalas, which have been nominated for endangered status in the Tweed due to their population crisis.

How on Earth did she get such a position if it never occurs to her to make this an election issue? Surely she knows how passionately people in Tweed Shire want to protect koalas and that councillors have a responsibility to be representatives of the community?

Her previous election catch-cry of ‘Let’s hold on to what we’ve got’ rings a bit hollow after she did nothing to stop the destruction of a 90-year-old Forest Red Gum and other koala trees in Pottsville. That tree was being used by koalas and was part of a critical corridor for them but was chopped down to make way for a car park at a new health centre. She could have called for a new design to save the trees. Instead she voted for the centre – as did all the other councillors except Cr Katie Milne.

 

Interesting that below her column was Jenny Hayes’s (Team Koala) advertisement to vote for her in the election. Jenny was very outspoken about the need to save that tree. Cr Holdom was strangely silent.

 

Koala lovers take note for the upcoming election.

 

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  1. Cr Holdom is full of contradictions. At an early Council meeting she stated that “in all conscience I couldn’t vote for putting money into a Koala Management Plan”, even though she was then appointed Chair of the Koala Advisory Board. What hypocrisy! No wonder Tweed’s koala population is close to extinction point. It’s like putting a fox in charge of the hen house.

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