It was encouraging to read Cr Lisa Intemann's Wauchope column (Wauchope Gazette, February 6) advocating the need for koala habitat protection.
This seem at odds with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council projects that she has more than supported.
Council has not had a Coastal Koala Plan of Management since 2012 (only an unimplemented draft) to protect local koala habitat.
Reminiscent of the TV show Yes Minister, council's explanation was 'too much known koala habitat had been destroyed due to residential development and more accurate mapping data was needed".
Council preliminary mapping estimate that from 2012-18 1,960,000m2 of koala habitat was lost.
Council, supported by Councillors Intemann, Levido, Turner, Hawkins and Alley continue to push for an east to west orbital road that would bisect Lake Innes Nature Reserve - an established, essential koala habitat; and the proposed new primary airport access road destroying the koala colony in the Fernhill Road precinct.
Neither unfunded proposal actually provides the traffic solutions claimed, nor, at the most optimistic built before 2040, if ever.
In the aftermath of the devastating bushfires, it is imperative to preserve remaining koala habitat.
I hope it was this realisation that inspired Cr Intemann's statements that councillors rally behind mayor Peta Pinson and councillors Griffiths and Dixon to abandon the destructive road projects.
Adoption and implementation of our Coastal Koala Plan of Management is also essential.
With the September council elections looming, I urge residents to endorse councillors who will protect the precious environment that makes Port Macquarie unique.
Sanctuary Springs-Greenmeadows Action Group