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Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson is calling for a port if the $1.1m dollars in bushfire funding that has been received by Ballina Shire Council to be spent on the local koala population.
Despite a 10-year campaign to prevent the Pacific Highway being routed through the middle of the region’s most significant koala colony, new federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg rubber-stamped the RMS proposal on his first day in the job.
Backed up by a renowned koala expert, local, national and international conservation groups are accusing the Roads, Maritime Services (RMS) agency of submitting inaccurate and misleading information in the Ballina Koala plan.
Ballina mayor David Wright says councillors were told yesterday that Roads and Maritime Services have undertaken to cover the cost of koala fences along some local roads in Ballina shire if the controversial Blackwall Ranges highway route goes ahead.
A Ballina shire councillor is hoping to gain support today for a motion calling on either the state or federal governments to fund koala fences along local roads in Ballina shire.
Roads and Maritime Services NSW has been accused of sitting on studies of a koala colony in the path of the Broadwater section of the Pacific Highway, with protection groups suggesting the authority is massaging the figures.
In the clearest show yet that the state government is unmoved about the plight of the north coast’s last intact koala colony, it indicated in parliament yesterday that it still intends to plough through it when it builds the new Pacific Highway south of Ballina.