COLTON SUGAR CANE RE 12.5.4 AND KOALAS

This weekend is the Fraser Coast Koala count and this week WBBEC attended the first meeting of the WBB regional interests planning committee , which has the following stakeholder groups represented;

  • 6 MAYORS
  • 6 LNP SITTING MEMBERS
  •  1 AGFORCE
  • 1 MINING
  • 1 PETROLEUM
  • 2 TOURISM
  • 1 TIMBER
  • 1 CANEGROWERS
  • 2  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • 1 URBAN DEVLOPMENT
  • 1 FARMERS
  • 1 BMRG
  • 1 CONSERVATION
  • 0 TRADITIONAL OWNERS

There is a serious push for getting sugar cane production at the COLTON/CHURCHILL MINES USL

  • The site has been identified under the WBB agricultural audit as containing soils 8000-10,000ha suitable for sugar cane production.
  • The Advancing Fraser Coast AG committee( Anne Maddern/James Hansen/ Darryl Stewart / MSF )  is in discussions with Senator Barnaby Joyce and DPM Warren Truss seeking funding to build a pipeline to acess water from Paradise dam.
  • WBBEC has a confirmed koala siting at Aldershot of Koalas and has anecdotal sightings at Takura , which may indicate that the species utilises the entire landscape.
  • Newhope mining is required to provide koala habitat offsets for the coal mine approval.

This links to a map of the soils ;

SUGAR CANE COLTON

Under the clearing vegetation for high value production code, only ‘essential habitat and wetlands’, require offsetting `, so any vegetation out side of the blue areas does not require offsetting , and this is RE 12.5.4 , which is known koala habitat , which exists at the police paddock and tinana and on Ron Blythes properties.

Maryborough Sugar Factory MUST create a COMMUNITY DRIVEN TRANSPARENT KOALA SURVEY, of all RE 12.5.4 which is proposed to be cleared.

Councillor James Hansen needs to initiate this process.

The Newman government must support this survey.

soils

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