Council urged to endorse report
TWEED Shire Council's official submission to the New South Wales Department of Planning on Kings Forest will go before councillors tonight.
Team Koala campaigner Jenny Hayes has already urged councillors to endorse the report, which sets out a number of key changes to the development plans recommended to give Tweed Coast koalas their best shot at survival.
Kings Forest is set to be a huge new subdivision on the Tweed, with 5000 new homes, plus other infrastructure expected should the Department of Planning give it the green light to proceed.
And it is not just koalas that could suffer, according to the council submission.
Also affected by the development will be the long-nosed potoroo, wallum froglet, wallum sedge frog, bush stone curlew, grass owl, common planigale and eastern blossom bat, with the former four at least likely to suffer significant impacts.
Other concerns of council officers are the lack of landform and stormwater drainage plans, along with water quality and ownership issues for a proposed lake.
The report says even though the development will bring positive environmental outcomes, including almost 300 hectares of land set to be conserved for wildlife, more changes are needed for a sustainable ecological result for the development.
The Kings Forest submission can be found in the council meeting section of the Tweed Shire Council website.