The number of koalas in the coastal areas of Byron Shire was down to about 240 animals at last count in 2011.
Council has been preparing a plan of management for them because even our state government can see that koalas are in danger of being extinct. The state prescribes us having such a plan.
Rather than put the final draft out on public exhibition, Council resolved on 10 October to consult a certain stakeholder at Tyagarah about the plan’s provisions for music festivals.
If the plan is not modified to their liking, it will go elsewhere for review.
In the debate on the ‘way forward’ for the plan, there was little talk of how to save the dozen or so koalas at Tyagarah, but lots about not limiting festival activities.
The temperature of debate was raised by the use of the word ‘cur’ in reference to one pro-koala councillor.
In the long run it’ll be interesting to see which species is first to go extinct at Tyagarah, the koala or the swearing festival executive?
Duncan Dey, Byron Shire Councillor