Please help save Sawtell's ancient heritage trees

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The current development application before the Coffs City Council proposes the removal of this ancient littoral forest of Brush Box Tuckeroo and Riberry-Yellow Tulipwood trees under biobanking and in its place, the over-developed construction of eight townhouses on the blind corner of Honeysuckle and East Streets Sawtell. In its defence, the Catholic Church has indicated that as a consequence of a "dwindling parishioner base" and the impact on revenues, the land will be commericalised and the ancient trees, once home to the founder of Sawtell, Ossie Sawtell, are to be sacrificed.

This development application must be rejected by the Coffs City Council. The protection and preservation of these unique trees, within this heritage context, must be continued for the current and future generations and any revision to the current development application must reflect this commitment, and indeed, must reflect the commitment of the Catholic Church to the conservation of the heritage of Sawtell and recognition of the concerns of the broader community itself.