21 C
Byron Shire
October 5, 2022

Tweed-Byron koala project recognised

Latest News

What a weekend! National Circus Fest success at Mullum

It was a big weekend of acrobatic feats at the National Circus Fest, held at the Mullum Showgrounds.

Other News

Short films grace the screen from Oct 21

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is back from October 21 to 30 with a ten-day program of premieres, panels and parties.

$700,000 on offer to Northern Rivers charities

With the key focus areas of health, young people and social wellbeing Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has $700,000 available to not-for-profit and community groups.

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

CWA push for improved maternity services

The W in CWA stands for Women and the CWA have been standing up for women yet again during their recent webinar and annual Awareness Week campaign.

Great waves on offer for the Evans Head Malibu Classic

The 30th annual Evans Head Malibu Classic was run last weekend with clean one metre-plus waves on offer right...

Byron Shire floodplain risks to be highlighted to NSW premier

Byron Shire Council have recognised 1,454 flood-affected homes in Byron Shire that could benefit from the government’s much touted assistance via its Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

Something to celebrate: the planting of the 50,000th tree for the Tweed Byron Koala Connections project at Pottsville in April. Photo supplied
Something to celebrate: the planting of the 50,000th tree for the Tweed Byron Koala Connections project at Pottsville in April. Photo supplied

A program to help save Tweed coast koalas, which currently face threats on a number of fronts, has been recognised nationally as a groundbreaking initiative.

Tweed Byron Koala Connections has been announced as a finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia 2015 World Environment Day Awards.

The program, which is overseen by Tweed Shire Council, was one of five projects recently shortlisted in the Best Specific Environmental Initiative category.

It’s the only good news for some time for the shire’s endangered koala population, which face threats from further development of two areas of core habitat, at Black Rocks and Kings Forest, as well as ongoing car strikes, dog attacks and stress-related di

The Awards are held in conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5 and celebrate innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives across Australia.

Council’s senior biodiversity program leader, Scott Hetherington, said the Koala Connections project was acknowledged for providing a sustainable and secure future for koalas in the Tweed and Byron Shires.

‘Combining great science with community involvement and local expertise has resulted in the planting of nearly 60,000 trees on more than 100 properties in the coastal areas of Tweed and Byron so far,’ Mr Hetherington said.

‘In addition to the creation of more than 50 hectares of new habitat, we have also restored over 130 hectares of habitat and commenced management of threats such as vehicles and wildfire.

‘This integrated approach to the delivery or on-ground recovery actions for koalas is now recognised as critical and Koala Connections is certainly outstanding in this regard,’ he said.

‘Gaining national recognition for the progress of the project to date by being selected as a finalist in these awards is a fantastic achievement for the project team, landholders and partner groups.’

Greens criticise land-clearing decision

Meanwhile a federal government approval to clear up to 15 hectares of koala feed trees in the path of the Kings Forest suburban development has been slammed by Greens’ federal spokesperson, Dawn Walker.

‘We have a federal environment minister who is prepared to risk the extinction of koalas on the north coast. The loss of this habitat will be a severe blow for the survival of local koalas, with less than 140 koalas left in the Tweed and 60 of these living in Kings Forest,’ Ms Walker said.

‘What is most disappointing is the federal government has ignored both the survival needs of the local koalas and the wishes of the community and Tweed Shire Council to keep the development a dog-free precinct,’ she added.

‘With our Tweed koala’s already suffering from encroaching development, attacks by dogs, imported disease and road killings – it seems the Federal Government could have shown some support for the community and backed the Tweed Shire Council’s call for a dog ban on the new estate.

‘Koala Beach in Pottsville already has a successful “no dogs and cats” policy, so we know it can work, but the federal government has seen fit to ride roughshod over the good sense of the local community, in favour of the developer.

‘While some conditions have been put on the developer such as compensatory planting, koala grids and traffic calming devices as part of the new suburb’s construction, these measures do not stop the real threat of losing the remaining Koala population to dogs, dislocation and road killings. It’s a sad day for the Tweed koala and the Tweed community that loves them,’ Ms Walker said.

More stories on koalas

Slow down for wildlife in spring!

Drivers are being urged to be on the lookout for more wildlife on our roads over the spring months.

0

Call to stop logging NSW public forests to be debated as...

Over 20,000 people have signed a petition asking the NSW government to debate the proposal to place a moratorium on logging in public native forests, transition to 100 per cent sustainable plantations by 2024 for the native forestry industry, and ban the use of native forest materials as ‘biomass fuel’.

6

Alarming footage of devastation in Ellis State Forest

Today north coast conservationists say they are shocked and alarmed at footage of the devastation being wrought in Ellis State Forest south of Grafton.

11

Be alert – koalas are on the move

Yes it's that time of year and Friends of the Koala are urging members of the public to contain dogs at night and keep a lookout for koalas on their properties and when driving, particularly during dusk to dawn.

1

Lismore council flirts with ‘koala-killer’ status

The fate of one of the state’s last koala populations appears to lie in the hands of the Lismore City Council after an extraordinary meeting Thursday afternoon.

11


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.

1 COMMENT

  1. While it’s always great to have koala trees, pretty pointless if there are no koalas to live in them.
    Council has failed miserably to protect Black Rocks koalas by (a) excluding them from their brand spanking new Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (b) fast tracking a DA for the Mens Shed on Black Rocks sports oval with no species impact statement (c) agreeing to remove the gates to the oval that were put there on the recomendation of the Koala Advisory Committee in September 2014 (d) doing too little too late to protect Clothiers Creek Rd koalas (e) not even identifying where the black spots are for koala road kill by council trucks collecting roadkill data and (f) ignoring critical data from local residents on hoon activity and chlamydia koalas at Black Rocks. Just more grandstanding from council here, patting themselves on the back for negligence when the care of Black Rocks koalas should be taken from them.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Lismore at the HART of helping transport needs

It is challenging enough when you need to get around to medical appointments let alone if you don’t have access to transport. 

Road access from Bilambil Heights to Tweed Heads via Scenic Drive restored

The significant washout of two sections of Scenic Drive during the devastating flood of February–March left the route inaccessible.

$700,000 on offer to Northern Rivers charities

With the key focus areas of health, young people and social wellbeing Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has $700,000 available to not-for-profit and community groups.

Bluesfest offers Doobies as one and three day tickets go on sale?

Bluesfest has announced that The Doobie Brothers will be bringing their 50th Anniversary Tour to the festival stage on closing night of the 2023 festival weekend.