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 ;
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.