Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Toormina DA Goes to Court

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Toormina DA Goes to Court

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Byline: Janine Watson Janine.Watson@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

AN APLICATION for a 57-lot subdivision in Toormina will go before the Land and Environment Court on October 22.

It was first submitted to Coffs Harbour City Council in April this year and nearby residents including Dave Wood have been lobbying against it.

The matter goes before the Land and Environment Court on October 22 as a 'deemed refusal' due to the length of time council has taken to consider the application.

The site includes approximately 6ha recognised and mapped as Primary Koala Habitat in the Coffs Harbour City Council Koala Plan of Management 1999.

Another section has been mapped in the Coffs Harbour LEP as an Endangered Ecological Community (Coastal Paperbark and Sedgeland swamp habitat).

A petition against the development has attracted over 1500 signatures and a protest was recently held with people holding placards reading: "Say no to unethical development".

With some experts warning koalas could become extinct in our lifetime, and bypass construction likely to impact the population directly to the north, Mr Wood believes it's now or never for council to prove they're serious about upholding their own environmental policies.

"We've already lost so much land zoned as primary koala habitat so this is crunch time for council as far as making their environmental controls stick and saving face."

" This will be pivotal for council in maintaining any integrity at all in their koala plan of management."

Lot 2 Sawtell Rd is an 'L' shaped block, fronting Sawtell Rd opposite the Linden Ave intersection, continuing through to the Hogbin Drive Industrial Estate. It is mostly timbered and often used by nearby residents taking a shortcut to Toormina schools or shops, walking the dog, bike riding or just enjoying the treescape. …

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