The Kings Forest Residential Development, (Tweed shire, NE NSW, Australia), as seen by the developer (Leda) planning documents, is extremely inappropriate and threatening to already threatened species. The Kings Forest Residential Development, as stands, IS indeed potentially very damaging. 21 threatened species, their restricted and already fragmented habitats, their vulnerability, their capacity to survive intense non sustainable development practices testify to this.
The humble Australian Koala is only one of these species.
The Kings Forest Development (Leda Group) shows us some interesting facts about the “perceived right of way” by developers concerning inappropriate development of sensitive areas on the Far North Coast of New South Wales.
The EDO (Environmental Defenders) has highlighted that Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 has resulted in “The limited capacity for members of the community, or even other environmental agencies, to have their voice heard and the reduced rights to seek justice in the Land and Environment Court also suggest that the NSW Government considers that development ranks ahead of the environment, whether that development is sustainable or not“.
The Australian Government, in its wisdom, chose to not list the Koala as a threatened species, although documents show that the Koala is increasingly under pressure within the North Coast region of NSW. Why did Australia chose to be part of the Agenda 21?
Kings Forest is a powerful place. Generations of spiritual guardians, and land custodians have held this place in a natural heritage beauty and sustainable biodiverse capacity and resilience for thousands of years. The taking away of even small biodiverse components from an area, so fragmented and isolated now, and, as other developments increase within and about it, will result in an immediate lack of biodiversity and cultural heritage significance.
However, I suspect, that bigger wheels are in play here. And while the big wheels of government and money turn powerfully, the biggest wheel of all is nature.
Kings Forest Kingscliff Tweed Development Planning Documents for perusal and comment ( due 2nd March 2009)
Development project threatens second largest Koala Colony in Tweed Shire – candobetter.org ** this is a good article to help you understand this development, with contact details for the project and some great Koala info
Kings Forest – public submissions conclude tomorrow (2nd March 2009)– bluecray.org – article and links
The Caldera Environment Centre in NE NSW, Australia shows insights, in their submission to the NSW Government and objection to the planned Kings Forest and Cobakai Lakes Development , summing up the King’s Forest Project situation very clearly. You should have a read of this Submission HERE.
Kings Forest Development threatens 21 species of THREATENED FAUNA – bluecray.org – article and more links
Kings Forest Development ( by Leda ), The NSW State Government, and Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – will it cause a change in NSW Environmental Planning Laws? – full article at bluecray.org
This little Bat in the above photo is a consequence of development – dead on the doorstep of a duplex in the housing development west of Pottsville, Tweed Shire. With 21 threatened fauna species threatened even more byLeda and the development proposed, what will be the costs, if all that stands between them, and survival, is documents written, verbal provisions made and “intentions” outlined, when the bulldozers and engineering machinery move into Kings Forest and further develop this area?
“A preliminary investigation of the distribution of koalas and their potential habitat in the Tweed Shire, and implications for management” by Judy Faulks . Find article at – Australian Zoologist, June 1991 Vol. 27(1 & 2)