Prisca Du Ressac, Coorabell
Council saying ‘the project has been approved following a rigorous environmental assessment process’ is a a joke. Biobanking is not a rigorous environmental assessment process. Biobanking is a market-based offset scheme that allows developers to buy ‘biodiversity credits’ to counterbalance the loss of biodiversity resulting from their development.
The beautiful stretch of land in question is more than ‘just weeds’. The dire consequences for our entire wetland by losing this precious buffer will have everybody crying. Our humanity really needs to look at its priorities.
The Byron council committed to a Climate Emergency Declaration on October 18, 2018, that states ‘urgent action is required by all levels of government, including by local councils’. Compromising the wetland goes against this declaration.
We need to prioritise nature everywhere. There are enough urban landscapes; those of our community who seem to think they can thrive in them should go back there; plenty of bypasses elsewhere.