Green aisle takes shape

AFTER months of anticipation environmental consultant Mark Graham has completed the biolinks report commissioned by Lower Clarence environment group, Valley Watch.

Since the sneak peek members of the public were given last year, the report has been fine-tuned and undergone a name change from the Clarence Corridors project to the Lower Clarence Biolinks report.

The study includes a series of maps, specific profiles and information sheets detailing 'flagship species' for each of the most significant biodiversity links within the study area.

Its focus keeps with Valley Watch's vision to have a green corridor linking broad areas of native vegetation in the estuary from Yamba to Iluka, to Copmanhurst and the hinterland beyond.

Mr Graham said the Lower Clarence valley contained one of the greatest assemblages of biodiversity in the world.

“There is an urgent need to protect this internationally significant resource and to ensure that development occurs in areas lacking biodiversity values,” he said.

According to Valley Watch, until now there has been no spatially explicit corridor mapping for the region.

The report will be officially launched on Friday at the Maclean lookout at 12.30pm and members of the public are invited.



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