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.
  • 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 The maps used are out-of-date.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.

In a welcome change, in their revised DA Villa World have identified most of the Wallum frog habitat within their development for protection, though this may be compromised by the extensive drainage works proposed. A buffer around the Wallum Sedge Frog wetland is still required and the drainage works need improvement.

The removal of development from the east of the Villa World site will be of immense benefit to maintaining this vital Koala corridor. This will be significantly improved by the plantings in the vicinity of the core Koala habitat, which is mostly on the adjoining Site R&D development.