I feel blessed to live on a property at Tyagarah where koalas regularly occupy trees in close proximity to our dwellings.
This is due to the foresight of the original residents who planted koala food trees and instigated a no cats and dogs policy in the 1980s when the MO was established.
In more recent years, with the assistance of the Byron Shire Council’s Koala Connections Project, we have created more koala habitat to fill the gaps in the corridor so that koalas are able to move freely through the landscape and interbreed to ensure the genetic health of the population.
Our aim is to create a safe passage under the Pacific Highway for koalas through the creek and rail underpasses to avoid Koala deaths on the highway at Tyagarah.
I urge residents who are proud of Byron Shire’s environmentally aware reputation to write a submission urging council to adopt, without any more costly delays, the current Byron Coast Comprehensive Plan of Management which has already complied with the demands of music festivals and has been approved by Council staff as legally sound.
Bela Allen, Tyagarah