Cobaki vital to koala survival

A FREEZE on subdivision proposals in the huge Cobaki Lakes development, planned west of the Gold Coast Airport, is vital if koalas are to be saved, according to Tweed Greens councillor Katie Milne.

Cr Milne yesterday said there was “still hope for saving the koalas in the north of the shire”, but the Cobaki Lakes development site was needed for them to survive.

She wants a freeze on any approvals for the Cobaki Lakes subdivisions while the matter is investigated.

Cr Milne said she had sought further information about what seemed to be the doomed state of koalas north of the Tweed River.

She said she had received reports of koalas “both just to the east and just to the west of the Cobaki development site, a traumatised one to the south, and one that had to be removed” at Piggabeen during deviation roadwork.

She said she had been told Cobaki would be the only viable recovery area in the north due to the large areas of already-protected land around the airport.

“If there is a possibility to save them then we have a moral, and as I understand a legal responsibility to do so,” she said. Cr Milne has called on today’s council meeting to ask the Joint Regional Planning Committee, which is considering subdivision applications, to defer any decisions and “investigate whether a dedicated Koala Recovery Plan is appropriate” for Cobaki.



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