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Harbour artificial reef plan goes to council

A MOTION to investigate the construction of an artificial reef at Tweed Heads' Jack Evans Boat Harbour will come before Tweed Shire Council's first meeting of the year on Thursday night.

Mayor Gary Bagnall has proposed that council explores the idea of using reef ball technology to construct the reef in the waterway.

Reef Ball Australia director David Lennon said there were already 4000 of the units in use in Australia.

Cr Bagnall wants council's report to consider a trial reef ball placement, which could be expanded to create a larger feature.

Meanwhile, a motion by Cr Barry Longland proposes the entrance gates to Black Rocks Sports Field at Pottsville be removed "as a matter of urgency", a suggestion which already has koala campaigners up in arms.

Cr Longland is also calling for a report be brought to a future council meeting with recommended options to address the impacts of "hooning" behaviour on the entrance road to the playing fields.

In his background notes provided in the council agenda, Cr Longland says the trial of locking the gates at night has "proved to be a failure with significant negative impacts for the public".

Koala campaigners would prefer the gate was always locked to protect the dwindling local koala population.

Other items to come before the council on Thursday night:

Calls for a report on issues surrounding the shire's biannual kerbside bulk waste collection service

Calls for Tweed State MP Geoff Provest to deliver a high school at Pottsville

A call for the five notices of motion per councillor per meeting restriction to be scrapped

What is it?

Reef Ball is a hemispherical hollow concrete unit which feature hollow interior holes as marine life habitat.

Reef Ball Australia director David Lennon, the only Australian licensed dealer of the US developed product, said there were already 4000 of the units in use in Australia.



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