Koalas lose out at Cobaki

TWEED Greens Party councillor Katie Milne has failed in a bid for a koala recovery area which would have meant putting a freeze on subdivision approvals at Cobaki Lakes.

Fellow councillors rejected an appeal from Cr Milne to investigate whether there was any potential for a koala recovery plan on the site of the planned township of 5500 homes.

Additionally, all councillors except Cr Milne voted to repeal current development control rules for the site, which may have complicated the implementation of new rules drawn up in a “concept plan” for Cobaki by the developers, the Leda group, and which has state government approval.

Cr Milne claimed the rejection of the appeal came despite advice from a koala expert to the council that it must act to avoid localised extinction of the koalas north of the Tweed River “within a time frame of five to 10 years”.

“Councillors have seriously underestimated ... deep love for this wildlife.”



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