Saturday’s concert for the koalas in Pottsville had a turnout of almost 400 people according to organisers.
‘The massive community support easily exceeded the Men’s Shed push for an industrial style complex proposed to be built only 20 meters from an endangered koala colony at Black Rocks sports field,’ said Scott Sledge, president of the Northern Rivers Guardians (NRG).
Tweed Shire councillors Ron Cooper and deputy mayor Chris Cherry attended along with mayor Katie Milne and NSW parliamentarian Dawn Walker MLC.
‘The only Tweed councillor elected last October with support from environmentalists that did not show up was Cr Reece Byrnes. His announcement that he will change his vote to support developers has divided the local community and stirred up resentment,’ Mr Sledge said.
‘If he votes at the council meeting on Thursday, March 16, to allow the Men’s Shed to proceed at the Black Rocks site that would essentially hammer the “final nail in the coffin” of the resident endangered coastal koalas,’ he added.
‘The Men’s Shed is a Trojan Horse to open up the whole area to further commercial development.
‘Tweed residents may want to contact Cr Byrnes with their concerns that secret plans for future development should not take precedence over the little land left for wildlife habitat. Tweed residents are the only ones who can prevent the encroachment of the Gold Coast on our lifestyles. There are plenty of other places for a Men’s Shed, but you can’t effectively move the koalas,’ Mr Sledge said.