Text of Petition addressed to Cr Barry Longland

To Councillor Barry Longland, Tweed Shire Council

We the people of Uki, Tweed Shire, Australia and the world call on you to please act urgently to protect Tweed Coast’s koalas. The Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study 2015 shows koala populations are in severe decline north of Koala Beach and stable at Pottsville/Black Rocks. However stable only means the same low levels as 2010.

In December 2015 another 2 Black Rocks koalas were found with conjunctivitis/chlamydia, one of them a joey. Chlamydia is linked to stress-related disturbance/noise and there is clearly already too much stress at Black Rocks without adding more.

In the last 2 years 4 Black Rocks koalas have died of stress-related disease. Out of a small population of an estimated 15 in the Pottsville/Black Rocks area this high rate of death is unsustainable.

Black Rocks koalas have no protection under Council’s Tweed Coast Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) and their own Independent KPoM is outdated and its recommendations not implemented (only small dogs in enclosed yards, no dangerous breeds, monitoring every 12 months for 3 years).  

In the Tweed Valley Weekly 18th September, 2014 you said ‘I am keen to protect koalas and have them thrive.’ We voted you into council believing you would protect the environment. Over the last 2 years you have voted against effective protection for Black Rocks koalas and have been the main instigator for the koala protection gate to be replaced with a grid and approving a Men’s Shed on the sports field, both of which will increase the human footprint and cause more disturbance/noise/stress for them.

We acknowledge that you hold the balance of power in council. Therefore your motions and votes are CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. Please call for an urgent rescission motion on removing the koala-protection gate and the Men’s Shed, and put in a motion for revegetation and enclavement for Black Rocks sports field. You have the power to save these koalas for the sake of Tweed Coast koalas. Please don’t let us, and the koalas, down Barry.

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