15.6 C
Byron Shire
May 18, 2021

Have input on local koalas’ future

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Other News

Byron Bay FC undefeated in ’21

Ross Kendall Despite having a bye last weekend the Byron Bay FC premier division women’s team sit on top of...

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Resilient communities training on offer

‘Resilience’ has become a buzzword in Australia over the past few years, as communities across the country struggle to cope with fire, floods, and a pandemic.

Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail...

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) must go back to the drawing board with their extravagant West Byron development to make it consistent with Byron Council’s draft Byron Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (PoM).

The koala PoM requires the protection of core koala habitat, whereas the DPI is  proposing to clear 4.6ha of the 12.8ha of core koala habitat identified on West Byron.

The koala PoM requires the establishment of 50m buffers around core koala habitat within which minimal development is allowed, whereas the DPI is proposing intensive development in 21ha (70 per cent) of the required koala buffers on West Byron.

The koala PoM requires that the key koala link that passes through the east of the site be protected and enhanced; the DPI is proposing intense development in parts of it.

The koala PoM requires that development control plans in koala areas include measures to limit car speeds, exclude dogs, and adopt koala-friendly fencing and swimming pool guidelines; the DPI’s plan does nothing for koalas.

While Byron Shire Council would be legally required to abide by the koala PoM if they were rezoning the site, the minister for planning is exempt from such laws and can ignore them.

This is where our local member Don Page comes in. Over two years ago he promised the people of Byron Shire that he would ensure that a koala PoM would be prepared before West Byron was developed. Now that Council has almost finalised a koala PoM the question is whether Don will make the DPI revise its grandiose plans to ensure the koala PoM is implemented at West Byron and that Byron’s koalas are given a chance to survive. Given that our federal member Justine Elliot also has legal obligations for koalas, I urge her to bring federal pressure to bear.

Council’s koala PoM is open for submissions until the March 21. If you care for the future of your koalas, now is the time to show your support for them: www.byron.nsw.gov.au/koalas-in-byron-shire.

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Interview with Peter Castaldi

The Quad in Lismore presents its first outdoor cinema event – programmed by nationally regarded film critic and programmer, Peter Castaldi. Peter told The Echo about the vision.

Byron Bay FC undefeated in ’21

Ross Kendall Despite having a bye last weekend the Byron Bay FC premier division women’s team sit on top of the premiership table with an...

Interview with magician James Galea

James Galea is no ordinary magician. He’s not the smarmy guy in purple velvet with a cage full of pigeons sawing women in half. In fact, James is proud to say he has never cut anyone in half.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Stirring the Tea Pot

A house without tea is not a home.