Tweed resident John Clarke told Jan Barham MLC in February areas on the Terranora Broadwater had reduced yabby numbers due to tourism operations.
Tweed resident John Clarke told Jan Barham MLC in February areas on the Terranora Broadwater had reduced yabby numbers due to tourism operations. Alina Rylko

Cobaki and Terranora waterways raised in parliament

NSW Greens MP Jan Barham is not giving up her fight to have tighter environmental protections cast over the Terranora Broadwater.

As foreshadowed in February, Ms Barham introduced a motion in the Upper House calling for the nomination of Cobaki and Terranora as wetland areas of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

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“The government didn’t support the motion but they had said they would speak to me about it,” she said following the vote against the motion on Thursday.

“I’m not going to give up on this because I think it’s important that we recognised the biodiversity in the water.

“It’s interesting to note that North Coast wetlands in NSW are not Ramsar recognised.

“The area is a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape with a history of regular large gatherings of Aboriginal peoples.

“We have a responsibility to protect cultural and ecological heritage. The Cobaki wetlands and Terranora broadwaters are of great significance and is deserving of recognition under the international Ramsar Convention.”

The Greens will host a community day in the coming months on the issue.



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