WEST BYRON MEGADEVELOPMENT

IT'S NOT A DONE DEAL

HOW MANY ANIMALS WILL BE MADE HOMELESS?

  • West Byron mega development will destroy habitat, the homes for many wild animals, many of them threatened species: especially core habitat for koalas, entire wetlands for Wallum Sedge Frogs.
  • Many other animals– fish, eels, water dragons, freshwater turtles, goannas, important insects, the many coastal and migratory birds (blue herons, spoonbills, bitterns, jacanas, swamp hens, black swans and tawny frogmouths) – here today in West Byron, but gone tomorrow with mega-development. 
  • The West Byron mega development will stop free movement of animals (for instance koalas) so they cannot travel as they do now, roaming from Broken Head to Lilli Pilli to Tyagarah and all the places in between.
  • The mega development wants to clear one third of the existing native vegetation (10.6 hectares). The maps used are out-of-date. Byron Council now has significantly improved vegetation maps which ought to be used. Four Endangered Ecological communities will be cleared.
  • The state requirement for Environmental Zones and Ecological Zones are not protected. Over 1.8 hectares will be cleared. Buffer zones, required to be 20 metres in some places and 50 metres in others are not in the plans. This leaves the habitat to be degraded and unfit for wild animals.