Dave Norris, president, Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc
Dear P&DMS members and convoy co-organiser,
We note that P&DMS and others have organised a convoy on 26/2/2017, terminating at the Black Rocks sports field where celebrations will be held. The Threatened Species Conservation Society respectfully request that entry into the sports field be cancelled and celebrations be held at an alternative location in order to prevent disturbance to resident koalas during their breeding season. This request is based on threatening processes identified in the Black Rocks by the Sea Koala Plan of Management for koalas residing in the bushland adjacent to the sports field and access road.
The Plan states: ‘Disease may be a major threat to the Pottsville koala population. Animals most at risk are those which occupy disturbed or isolated habitats which are subject to human related disturbance…Koalas occurring in more fragmented habitats are likely to be highly stressed…The abovementioned threatening process could impact on the koala population(s) in the Black Rocks by the Sea locality.’
We also note the following statement in the 22/2/2017 edition of Tweed Daily News: ‘Mr France (convoy co-organiser)…looked forward to a day when the men’s shed and koala groups worked together, something Mr Ryan (P&DMS President) said his group was only too happy to do’.
A first step in working with koala groups would be for P&DMS to comply with, and to call upon the co-organisers of the convoy to also comply with, this request. We look forward to your reply.