fb twitter YouTube email

Mar 152014
 

What’s happening?broken-1

Byron Shire Council has (so far) marked about 40 big, old Tallowwoods, Blackbutts and Red Mahoganies on the Coast Road for potential removal.

Where?

Next to the Coast Road north of the Broken Head Hall. Look for the painted numbers on the trunks.

 Why?

 Council wants to do road works.

 Why are the trees important?

  • They are scenically significant in a landscape in which so many beautiful, BIG trees have been removed.
  • They provide a beautiful backdrop to this scenic drive and are part of what makes Broken Head so special.
  • The Tallowwoods are one of 3 feed trees vitally important to our threatened coastal koala population (the others are Swamp Mahogany and Forest red Gum).
  • The trees provide habitat for birds, bats, reptiles and other native animals.
  • They provide a forested link for animals across the busy Coast Road and elsewhere these links have largely disappeared.
  • Crazily, Council is targeting this same area to protect and improve the koala habitat link in their Comprehensive Coastal Koala Management Plan now on public display.

 It’s happened before!

Concerned local residents had to protest and address Council TWICE before to save old trees earmarked for clearing next to the Coast Road at Broken Head.

After protests stopped the tree clearing Council upgraded the road south of the Broken Head Beach turnoff without having to remove the rest of the trees marked for removal.

Fortunately, Councillors acted sensibly in the past but now the new Council need to act.

What can I do?

1.  Contact the Councillors:

simon.richardson@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

duncan.dey@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

rose.wanchap@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

basil.cameron@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

paul.spooner@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

sol.ibrahim@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

chris.cubis@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

alan.hunter@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

diane.woods@cr.byron.nsw.gov.au

2.  Sign our change.org petition to Council here

3.  Write a letter to the editor

editor@echo.net.au

editor@byronnews.com.au

4.  Talk to your friends and encourage them to take action.

 

broken-2Things to Say

• No tree clearing!

• Protect the beautiful roadside corridor of old native trees.

• Protect the Tallowwood koala feed trees.

• Protect the forest link for animals across the Coast Road.

• Fix the road but save the trees.

• Save the money earmarked for unnecessary studies and spend it in other areas of the shire where it’s desperately needed.

 March 15, 2014  News