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The selected site at 741 Cudgen Road was chosen due to the lack of environmental constraints within the property. These include

Koala habitat

The site is void of any koala habitat. While the site doesn’t support koalas or other significant wildlife, it is acknowledged the local koala species are in dire need of support and action.  As part of the Cudgen Connection Social Licence, significant investment and initiatives in support of the local koala population are proposed.

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Aboriginal heritage

Cudgen Connection is in Bundjalung territory. The Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council (TBLALC) reviewed the site and advised the proposed works presented a low risk of harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage. It did not consider it necessary to engage an archaeologist for further assessment.

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The 5.7-hectare site is derelict land that has not been farmed for decades. Scientific analysis and reference against the New South Wales Important Farmland Interim Variation Criteria deem the site as poor farmland. The property complies with criteria the land may be suitable for uses other than farmland. In addition, the site displays significant land use conflicts for future use as farmland.

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The site is located above historical flood levels, in addition to being predominantly above the Probable Maximum Flood Level, as prescribed under the Tweed Shire Council flood planning framework.

With a myriad of local and major road networks, the site is also accessible in varying flood events. Further flood analysis of the site and region is available below.

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Conservation zones for greenfield land combined with the significant natural hazards in flooding preclude the possibility of locating the Cudgen Connection proposal at the alternate locations nominated to date.

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While the site contains introduced Flora, it is void of any significant native vegetation.