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Tweed and its wildlife corridors

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The last time the Lismore Mayor and Councillor met in the Goonellabah chambers, there was a historic decision to hand back culturally sensitive land to the local Indigenous people. In a sequel to the fate of the Lismore plateau, traditionally known as the Sleeping Lizard, the outcome was a little differen

Our group attended last Saturday’s workshop on Linking Landscapes to Wildlife Corridors at Murwillumbah Civic Centre.

Ecologist David Milledge gave a most impressive presentation about his work in this vital area for the Lismore City Council, something that Tweed shire needs to follow.

Given the continuously accelerating rate in the loss of wildlife habitat the concern in all communities should be how we go about planning at a local government level as well as at a state level to preserve both our wilderness areas and the food sources and flora and fauna pathways our wildlife need for their survival.

Our wildlife is precious and cannot and should not be manipulated to suit the needs of human populations.

A state of equilibrium is the desired planning result required.

We need to understand in a scientific way the factors and dimensions involved in maintenance of the habitat stability of our precious wildlife, otherwise species will increasingly become extinct or stressed causing   ecosystems to become unbalanced.

If elected to council on 29 October, I will as a priority raise a motion for a similar wildlife corridor study to be undertaken by the Tweed Shire Council to protect and reclaim land pathways and wildlife habitat.

David Milledge advised me that such a plan would be around $20,000-$30,000. Now that’s value for money.

Kaye Sharples, Tweed Heads (candidate Tweed Shire election)

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