Tree boost for koalas
MORE than 500 trees are being planted near Tyagarah airstrip, just outside Byron Bay, to look after koalas.
But more than 70 existing trees and shrubs closer to the airstrip are being pruned as part of routine maintenance works to ensure clear airspace around the aerodrome and safe takeoff and landing zones.
The work is being carried out in accordance with an approved review of environmental factors, with input from an independent ecologist.
Byron Shire Council open spaces and resource recovery manager Michael Matthews said a qualified wildlife ecologist would check the area for threatened species including koalas and occupied nests before the pruning work began.