Jay Cronan

Call to care for koalas like 'icons'

A MURWILLUMBAH woman championing the protection of Tweed's diminishing koala population says if Mt Warning was disappearing funds would be found to preserve it.

So, asks Team Koala Inc spokeswoman Jenny Hayes, why won't Tweed Council provide funds for a koala management plan.

Ms Hayes this week took her request directly to the councillors, pleading with them at a community access session to act to save the animals, which along with Mt Warning, have been given prominent spots on the opening page of the Council's website.

“Our Tweed koalas are depending on us and this council to take some measures to protect their habitat and their lives before it is too late,” Ms Hayes said.

“If every night bulldozers were secretly visiting Mount Warning and removing the foundations by the truck load, so that in a few years it suddenly collapsed, and we lost it, the people of the Tweed would be horrified and rightly so.

“It is the same with the koalas of the Tweed.”

Ms Hayes said koalas, just like Mt Warning, were an economic asset because tourists watching 'wildlife in the wild' had become a huge business around the world.

“If the Council stood by while Mount Warning was eroded to the point of collapse, they would be recorded in history as the council that lost one of our icons,” she said.

“That is what is happening now with the Tweed Koala population. We are on the verge of losing an icon that cannot be replaced.”

“We would find the money to protect Mount Warning and we must find the money to protect the koalas in the Tweed Shire.“We are known widely as the koala coast, but not for much longer unless we take action.”

Ms Hayes said that action should include a koala plan of management along with special koala overpasses and fences on roads koalas cross.

Developers would then have more certainty about where they could build and where they would need to plant more trees.

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