Plans to take away a 16-hectare plantation subsequent to the Western Freeway close to Gordon has sparked opposition from locals fearful concerning the security of koalas noticed throughout the blue gum timber.
- The 16 hectares of blue gum plantation is ready to be harvested early subsequent yr
- The plan includes leaving a buffer strip of timber alongside the freeway and accommodating koalas recognized throughout logging actions
- Native opponents need extra time to watch the koala inhabitants and accommodate them
Proprietor Halfway Pty Ltd plans to clear-fell the plantation in early 2022, retaining a strip of timber alongside the southern boundary to accommodate any wildlife dwelling there.
Stephen Derrick has met with landowner Central Highlands Water and believes that koalas could die of their try to seek out new habitat in bushland to the south.
“They’re bounded on the southern facet by the Western Freeway, a 110kph divided highway, and on the japanese boundary by Cartons Highway which is a 100kph zone,” he mentioned.
‘Important koala populations in space’
Halfway performed a drone survey of wildlife as a part of its Koala Administration Plan and recognized a handful of koalas, nevertheless Mr Derrick mentioned extra surveys and monitoring is required to trace wildlife inhabitants and their actions.
“We have tried to encourage Central Highlands Water to undertake extra systematic monitoring of the koalas and different wildlife within the space to ascertain simply what number of there are and what their actions are,” he mentioned.
Mr Derrick estimates there are a whole bunch of koalas dwelling amongst bushland surrounding Gordon, throughout a mix of privately owned bushland and reserves.
“From what we will see round Gordon and the forested space on the northern boundary of Gordon [between] the Western Freeway, there will surely be a whole bunch,” he mentioned.
In a press release, Central Highlands Water mentioned they’d met with involved neighborhood teams and made modifications to accommodate koalas past the necessities of their Koala Administration Plan.
“These extra commitments embody a long-term revegetation mission on the property for the enhancement of the biodiversity of the realm, whereas managing the therapy and recycling of reclaimed water and the retention of a buffer strip on the sting of the plantation,” the landowner mentioned.