Dogs and cats out in Pottsville plan

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

Coun­cil is seek­ing com­ment from the com­mu­nity for a pro­posal to es­tab­lish three Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas in and around Pottsville.

The plan would pro­hibit dogs and cats from the ar­eas around Koala Beach, the Pottsville En­vi­ron­ment Park and the south­ern end of the Pottsville Wet­land, in­clud­ing the Black Rocks sports field.

Coun­cil Di­rec­tor Com­mu­nity and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Tracey Stinson said the des­ig­na­tion was jus­ti­fied due to the very high con­ser­va­tion sig­nif­i­cance of these ar­eas.

Òwildlife Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas are pub­lic places set apart for the pro­tec­tion of na­tive an­i­mals and their habi­tats un­der the NSW Com­pan­ion An­i­mals Act 1998,Ó Ms Stinson said.

Òthese ar­eas con­tain nu­mer­ous threat­ened species Ð in­clud­ing koalas Ð and are part of the few re­main­ing in­tact nat­u­ral ar­eas on the Tweed Coast.

Òthey are also be­ing closely man­aged for con­ser­va­tion out­comes, with sig­nif­i­cant on­go­ing in­vest­ment in eco­log­i­cal restora­tion, reveg­e­ta­tion, ver­te­brate pest con­trol and threat­ened species man­age­ment.ó

Re­stric­tions are al­ready in place for dog and cat own­er­ship and ac­tiv­ity in the pro­posed ar­eas, mean­ing the im­pact on do­mes­tic pets is ex­pected to be neg­li­gi­ble.

Ad­di­tional bush­land re­serves will be con­sid­ered for dec­la­ra­tion in the fu­ture as Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas.

In ac­cor­dance with the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Area Pol­icy adopted by Coun­cil in Novem­ber 2017, any pro­pos­als for fu­ture de­clared ar­eas will in­volve prior con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and clearly iden­tify any im­pacts on do­mes­tic pets.

The Koala Beach Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Area will in­clude all Coun­cil­man­aged pub­lic land within the bound­aries of the Koala Beach de­vel­op­ment. The ma­jor­ity of this land is bush­land, but in­cludes a small amount of Coun­cil op­er­a­tional land (i.e. Koala Beach sports field).

The Pottsville En­vi­ron­ment Park Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Area will in­clude all Coun­cil-man­aged pub­lic land within the bound­aries of Pottsville En­vi­ron­ment Park. The ma­jor­ity of this land is bush­land, but in­cludes a Coun­cil-man­aged road re­serve (Cen­ten­nial Drive, west of Cudgera Creek) and the com­mu­nity build­ing and park­land sur­rounds within the park.

The Pottsville Wet­land (south) Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Area will in­clude the Black Rocks sports field and the sur­round­ing bush­land area.

It will also in­clude the ad­ja­cent Coun­cil-man­aged bush­fire As­set Pro­tec­tion Zone and the un­sealed sec­tion of Kelle­hers Road re­serve that bi­sects the Pottsville Wet­land.

Pro­posed Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Area dec­la­ra­tions are on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion and open for com­ment for 21 days from 21 May to 17 June 2018.

To view the pro­posal and in­struc­tions on how to make com­ment, visit coun­cilõs web­site at af­ter 21 May un­der ÔON Ex­hi­bi­tionõ.

A map of pro­posed Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Ar­eas around Pottsville.

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