Deputy Mayor wants audit on previous council approvals
THE Fraser Coast's Deputy Mayor says he will not try to justify the previous council's decision to approve "pristine koala habitat" at Tinana for property development.
George Seymour said he was "as disappointed as anyone" to see bushland at the back of Henderson Park estate bulldozed on Tuesday.
"It's beyond me why the previous council approved that area for development," he said.
Developer Ronald Blyth is refusing to comment.
While Mr Blyth was given approval in 2011 to clear the bushland, it is alleged to have been started without warning on Tuesday and without a native fauna spotter-catcher onsite.
Mr Blyth was fined $172,000 in 2011, for illegally removing mangroves from the banks of the Mary River at Maryborough to make way for a 140-berth marina.
Cr Seymour said the incident, which was being investigated by the council and State Government, had raised concerns about other developments approved by the past council.
"I think the council needs to do audits on whatever else was approved," he said.
"We need to make sure there are no other ticking time bombs out there."
He said he planned to move a motion at next week's council meeting for a report on the options of protecting the Fraser Coast's declining koala habitat and to improve mapping.
Koala rescue volunteers spot two babies among 12 koalas
CONSERVATIONIST Natalie Richardson estimates two hectares out of 25 were cleared on Tuesday afternoon.
She said the area was frequented by koalas and several had been released back into the area as recently as the weekend.
Koala rescue volunteers spotted 12 koalas, including two babies, while searching through the area.
Two were rescued and taken to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital suffering early symptoms of chlamydia.