Tree 'fiasco' unfolding in holiday park: MP
GREENS MP for Ballina Tamara Smith is calling on the State Minister for Lands Paul Toole and the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton to take action to protect coastal cypress trees located on crown reserve lands at the Brunswick Heads Terrace Holiday Park.
"The State Government must step in and take charge of a fiasco that is unfolding in the holiday park at Brunswick Heads in Byron Shire," Ms Smith said.
"There has been historical damage to a stand of trees that includes some that may be 400 years old and many aged at least 200 years.
"The Coastal Cypress Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) is identified in NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and must be protected according to the government's own legislation.
"The crown land park is managed by a state-appointed trust that intends to continue destroying and endangering this rare stand of trees.
"A report by local ecologist Dr Robert Kooyman identified the value of the EEC, noting the Brunswick trees represent a significant continuous stand of this poorly represented species and it is therefore critically important it be protected and made recommendations for the ongoing management."
Ms Smith said she would be asking the ministers to access the Saving Our Species funding.
"Providing protection and funding for the preservation of the Brunswick Heads Coastal Cypress EEC will be a state first, an initiative the local community and the State Government can be proud to achieve," she said.
"Despite the fact it is a natural stand, we should also respect the dedication of these trees as a memorial site."