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No dog ban imposed on planned Kings Forest development

Koala baby on its mother's back
Koala baby on its mother's back unknown

A COUNCILLOR'S attempt to reintroduce a dog ban at a King's Forest development failed at Tweed Shire Council's meeting on Thursday.

Councillor Katie Milne put a motion to the council asking that councillors no longer "support dogs of any size in Kings Forest."

The initial ban was taken out of the planning submission sent from the council to the Joint Regional Planning Panel in January after hours of debate.

"This is something that had been in contention for many, many years," Cr Milne said on Thursday.

"You could hardly think about it being any worse for the extinction of the koala."

Mayor Barry Longland did not support the motion on Thursday so it was defeated three to four with councillors Gary Bagnall and Michael Armstrong supporting the proposal.

"A dog ban is impractical and it is not able to be enforced," Cr Longland said.

"I just think responsible dog ownership is the key."

Cr Milne was visibly shocked by the vote after expecting support from the mayor.

"In January 2012 you (Cr Longland) also advocated for a Koala Beach style development," she said.

"I'm quite confused with your vote against this."

Cr Longland refused to respond to Cr Milne other than to call for the vote.

After Cr Milne persisted with questioning Cr Longland's motive, Councillor Phil Youngblutt moved that Cr Milne apologise to the mayor or be removed from the chamber.

Team Koala president Jenny Hayes, a strong supporter of a dog ban, was in the chamber to hear the debate.

"I was just devastated," Ms Hayes said.

"(I want to congratulate) the three people who voted the right way. I'm very proud to be part of Gary's team (in the 2012 elections) because he did the right thing for the koalas.

"It was a golden opportunity to tell the state government that we care about our koalas."

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