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Anger builds over road cutting through koala colony

March 4, 2014 Headline News, Responsible Tourism 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59Feeling on the NSW North Coast is getting passionate about koalas and a proposed road that may threaten them. The furry little animals are among Australia’s most popular, though endangered, tourism icons.

Ballina Greens councillor Jeff Johnson is so concerned about plans to build the Pacific Highway Wardell upgrade through three koala colonies that he has launched an online petition demanding the route be changed, Echonet Daily reports.

Johnson wants the federal government to use the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to overrule the project and choose an alternative route. unnamed

A packed public meeting at the Ballina RSL has urged a route change to save three colonies of the endangered NSW coastal koala, Echonet Daily reports.

“The Ballina koala study is a game changer: it shows that we have a nationally significant koala population that should be protected by the EPBC Act,” Johnson said

He said the state government’s preferred route was chosen to save money by being able to access cheap fill.

“Our koalas are worth more than that,” Johnson declared, claiming that if the highway went ahead on its proposed course “it could spell the end for Ballina’s koalas”.

Critics say any of several alternative routes for the road will protect the koalas.

Road building and development on Australia’s east coast is considered the greatest threat to the koala.

Johnson’s petition can be found here:

http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/save-ballina-s-koala-s.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Jennifer Cuthbertson says:

    The whole world should be outraged if a country does not treasure its national natural icons.

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