Tweed Coast koalas are being monitored.
Tweed Coast koalas are being monitored. Chris Ison ROK011215ckoala3

World signs up against P’ville field

APPARENTLY 33,000 people, from as far afield as Timbuktu and Honolulu, want the Pottsville Black Rocks sports field closed.

At Thursday’s Tweed Shire Council meeting Councillor Barry Longland was presented with a petition of 33,000 signatures, asking him to move to close off access and revegetate the sports field.

But the petition was an on-line production based from the US, with 98.5% of respondents living outside Australia.

Signatures came from Spain, Hawaii and Bermuda, with only about nine signatories calling Pottsville home.

Councillors tabled the petition but did note it was aimed at Cr Longland and not the council, so they could not act on it.

“While the numbers involved sound impressive, the petition in no way reflects the local view about a future for the Black Rocks sports field,” Cr Longland said.

“It won’t be the people of the Ukraine, Manchester or Arizona that will decide but the local people who I trust to make the right decision for their future.”

He said a 2015 Tweed Coast koala habitat study compared koala activity over a five-year period and found the precinct was one of few where numbers were stable.

“There have been many koala protection achievements with which I have been associated, including the recent improvements on Clothiers Creek Rd, measures adopted in the Kings Forest Concept Plan and the Koala Connections program,” Cr Longland said.

“My support for a Men’s Shed at the fields was based on the additional protections this type of passive surveillance at the site would mean for the protection of wildlife.”



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