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by July 13, 2015
In Byron Bay, NSW, developers want to construct a sprawling housing and industrial project that would wipe out koala habitats and potentially poison local marine wildlife. So why is the New South Wales planning department considering approving the endeavour?
Byron Bay is a sweet, sleepy seaside town with gorgeous beaches and unique wildlife populations. Every weekend, backpackers and families drive into the area to walk along the sandy streets and admire the pristine views. A massive housing development, which would increase Byron's population by a full third, could ruin the village's green-conscious character forever.
Plus, the planned project cuts straight through the habitat of a population of around 240 koalas, all of whom would be put in grave danger by the construction and increased traffic. And given that the buildings will be constructed on wetlands containing soil elements that can become toxic when exposed, the water trickling from there into the sea could be lethal to fish and other marine wildlife.
Byron Bay's mayor thinks the development would be a "monstrous addition." Its residents are terrified that their home will be forever destroyed. NSW officials must listen to the state's people rather than big companies' pocketbooks.
Tell NSW planning minister Pru Goward to stop the West Byron development and save one of the jewels of the coast!
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