Tree boost for koalas

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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