KIDS WIN FIGHT TO SAVE THEIR TREES
By LEE McDOUGALL
EVEN the smallest of voices, if spoken with enough passion, conviction and indignation, can be heard and can bring about change.
When Sarah Fisher, 12, Amy Fisher, 10, Kate Fisher, 9, Brendan Hicks, 12, and Josh Hicks, 8, learnt that 'their trees' in Lyons Road were to be removed to make way for a new 20-lot subdivision, they knew they had to do something ? they just weren't quite sure what the 'something' would be.
"Amy, Kate and I were having a family day out and we came back to see half of our trees already chopped down," Sarah said.
"Birds were trying to find their homes. We watched this lone kangaroo hopping across where they had all cleared. It was just so sad."
Taking matters into their own hands, and after a little adult advice, they decided the only thing to do was pressure the Coffs Harbour City Council to rezone the land in question to 7a Environmental Protection and thus prohibit it from being developed.
The land is identified koala habitat and located on Lyons Road, North Bonville, not far from the Bongil Bongil National Park.
"I know some people might not think this is a great deal, but what about our animals. They have no homes and may have lost loved ones," Sarah said.
"We developed our own protest team to try and save our trees. We
stood on the highway holding up signs, and cars would beep and agree."n To Page 6