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April 12, 2021

The Byron councillors who think you don’t care about koalas

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Or why Cr Diane Woods opposes any of their dwindling habitat being protected from clearing and development? It is because they think you don’t care.

For years now Byron Shire Council has been preparing a Coastal Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management, and Crs Ibrahim, Wanchap, Woods, Hunter and Cubis have been blocking, delaying and weakening it.

When the Plan was last exhibited in February 2014  only 57 submissions were made, and only 37 supported protecting koalas. It is no wonder that councillors take this as evidence that the Byron community couldn’t care less what happens to our koalas.  Maybe they are right.

To prove their point, councillors graciously gave you a minimal two weeks to make a submission on the rapidly weakening plan, until 4pm on 16 September (they may accept some late ones).

If you are one of the apparently few Byron residents who care about koalas and don’t want to see our remaining 200 coastal koalas continue to be evicted from their homes to make way for ours then it is important to prove that you care.

Every submission supporting protecting koalas is a three per cent increase. It only takes a few minutes to make a submission, but must be done today (http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/koalas-in-byron-shire).

Please demand the identification, mapping and full protection of all remaining core koala habitat and koala corridors linking remnant habitat.

In the past 170 years we have taken most of their country from them, destroyed their homes and left few survivors. Enough is enough, it is time to stop before there are none left. Their future is up to you.

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay


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