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Council has investigated and called for a halt to unauthorised logging until a comprehensive risks assessment can be made.
Mayor Milne has yet to receive any sort of reply from the NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton.
We congratulate Tweed Council for prompt action and we will also call upon Federal MP Justine Elliot to do what she can through EPBC legislation to protect the biodiversity of this unique caldera .
Urgent Action :The Planning meeting (1st Thursday of the month).Community Access starts at 4.30 PM and goes to 5.15pm then at 5.30pm the general meeting starts.Address is Brett Street Tweed Heads.
Herewith a Media Release – 6/9/17
Core Koala habitat at risk by logging at Limpinwood
An area of high conservation value forest is being logged at Limpinwood, near Tyalgum. Neighbours are worried for koalas and other wildlife on this private land currently being. An injured koala has been sighted fleeing the area.
Some of the land has concentrations of koala food trees and part of it is listed as an Environmental Protection Zone .
Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance said, “the Tweed LEP 2000 shows a significant part of the property to be Zoned 7(d) and part to be zoned 7(l). Under LEP 2000 in both Zones 7 (d) Environmental Protection (Scenic/Escarpment) and 7(l) Environmental Protection (Habitat) forestry is only allowed with consent and must satisfy Council provisions.
The Mayor Katie Milne will move on Thursday for a temporary halt to logging so a study can be made. Ms. Milne said, “We need Council officers to undertake a detailed environmental study of the potential for damage to this important wildlife corridor.”
“This land has been subject to claims of serious breaches of environmental protection codes and Council is pursuing action legal action against the proprietor. This is core koala habitat, “Mayor Milne said, “and Council should do a comprehensive compliance audit.”
Thursday’s Tweed Council meeting is at Tweed Heads.
Scott Sledge, a spokesman for Northern Rivers Guardians said that concerned citizens will gather for a demonstration to support the motion at 3:30 pm outside Council/Library on Brett Street. Community Access starts at 4.30 pm and goes to 5.15 pm then at 5.30 pm the Council general meeting starts.
Mr. Sledge said, “There are residents in Boormans Rd who are badly affected by the noise and dust of the logging trucks. Some say that these trucks – up to three every day – going around the bends of narrow roads near Chillingham while school bus are operating are an accident waiting to happen. I think more of the community would be outraged by this if they knew it was happening, even if they may not be concerned about the demise of our precious koalas. There is a serious risk to public safety.”
Contact : Scott Sledge
Fishey business at Limpinwood
VIC’S KOALA’S HAVING SIMILAR PROBLEMS.
ABC’s 7.30 program aired a story about the federal Government and Minerals Council’s attacks on groups like Lock the Gate.
The program highlighted the latest offensive in the ongoing campaign by government and industry to shut down the voices of communities defending land and water from destructive mining.
But we won’t let them! These attacks just make us even more determined to carry on. Lets stand up to the bullies and continue our vital worktogether!
Together we are infuriating these guys! They hate that we’re standing up to their bullying and exposing the damage mining does to land and water.
That’s why they’re trying to strip our tax deductible status, silence our voices during elections and increase our red-tape.
We still have so much work to do with communities who are facing the devastating impacts of mining. Will you support us in the face of this direct attack?
Lock the Gate is grateful for ongoing support from thousands of Australians like you.
We are proud to be working with farmers, community members and Traditional Owners who are on the front line of damaging coal and gas projects across the country.
Please help us keep up the pressure in the face of these attacks. We can’t do it without you!
Thought you might be interested to know that last night Council voted 5 to 2 to refused the two Development Applications lodged by Larry Karlos for his Dungay water extraction operation.
In the interest of fast dissemination, I have attached a copy of the Council Minutes in pdf form.
Thank you all again for your continued interest,