Council accused of koala habitat destruction at Tyagarah Airfield
Key koala habitat is being impacted by works at the Tyagarah Airfield and a petition, containing 281 signatures, to cease vegetation works at the site will be tabled at the upcoming Byron Shire Council meeting this Thursday.
The Tyagarah Airfield borders on a significant area of koala habitat for the Byron coastal koala population. The council removed 217 trees last May and are planning to prune a further 72 trees and shrubs at the end of November.
‘Before pruning work is undertaken a qualified wildlife ecologist will check the area for threatened species including koalas and occupied nests and drays,’ said Byron Shire Council’s manager open spaces and resource recovery, Michael Matthews.
‘If koalas or young birds and animals are found work will be delayed in that specific area until they have left on their own accord.’
According to local conservationist, Dailan Pugh, it is just the latest threat to the remaining koala population, many as a result of works and approvals by the council.
‘The Byron coastal koala population is estimated to number 240 individuals utilising patches of suitable habitat spread along the coast from Broken Head to the Brunswick River. They are vulnerable to both loss of preferred feed trees and fragmentation of their habitat.
‘The future viability of the Byron coastal koala population has come under sustained pressure in recent years, with: the development of the Bluesfest site; the redevelopment of Elements; the council’s refusal to build a koala underpass when widening the road and building the roundabout on Ewingsdale Road in the middle of the major crossing point; and the approval of West Byron.
Read more at the Echo. https://www.echo.net.au/2017/11/council-accused-koala-habitat-destruction-tyagarah-airfiled/
Koalas were frequently seen here but not any more. All these calls we hear for ‘ save the koala ‘ is a waste of time when we witness the disregard Councils and governments have for our remaining wild life. The illusion that we are a Green Shire is just that, an illusion. Hectares of camphors are being poisoned in our valley along with the coral trees. ITs fact that along with killing the trees, the habitat of many vital insects that have adapted to the environment since Europeans cleared, leeching into the soil and water is another ecological disaster.