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Broken Fences Put Koalas At Risk

April 4, 2012

2nd April 2012 2:00 AM

 

The Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group has assessed the condition of the fence and has identified some area where the fence needs to be moved because of the ongoing problems due to proximity to vegetation.

 

FENCES on the Tweed Coast Rd and Pacific Hwy, designed to separate traffic and the coast’s koala populations, need repair with some failing.

 

The Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group has assessed the condition of the fence and has identified some area where the fence needs to be moved because of the ongoing problems due to proximity to vegetation.

 

The group is also requesting the NSW Government look at it using an independent contractor to maintain fencing along the Pacific Highway.

 

The issues along the Pacific Hwy were discovered when a koala was found outside the fence at Eviron, the group was told.

 

The fence and other issues for the Tweed’s koala populations will be address in a Koala Plan of Management that the Tweed Shire Council announced funding last week.

 

The council allocated $120,000 for the development of a management plan.

 

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said he was pleased that the plan received the funding.

 

“This has been a longstanding issue, one that due to funding priorities has not been able to be completed, and will be critical to the ongoing protection of our remaining koala population,” said Cr Longland.

 

“Its completion will be invaluable in assessing development applications which impact on Koala habitat as it will be the primary document guiding planning staff when setting out conditions of approval which might be applicable.

 

“Up until now developers have hired their own consultants to prepare Koala Management Plans and by having a definitive document this will eliminate any disagreements they may have with the findings of council staff.”

 

The advisory group chairman Councillor Dot Holdom said the plan was necessary to save the koala populations.

 

“This is necessary because we now know the truth about the koala situation and how important it is to act now rather than looking back in 10 years time and saying ‘oops’,” Cr Holdom said.

 

The funding will be used to employ a part-time officer to develop the plan and additional funds to start implementing any recommendations.

 

Sourcehttp://www.mydailynews.com.au/story/2012/04/02/koala-fences-failing/

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