Thief steals turf from Koala Zone

The Tweed Shire Council has asked the community to help them track down a thief who has so far stolen up to 10 cubic metres of turf from its newest Koala Zone.

The Council just completed work on its second Koala Zone – a 300 metre stretch of road separating two known koala habitats in Pottsville – but can’t call the job truly finished until the turf is installed.

The new zone includes a slow point median to force traffic to reduce speed at the critical ‘koala crossing point’. The speed limit on the section is currently set at 50km/h, and two solar street lights will soon be installed to help drivers see any koalas that may be on or approaching the road.


But, with turf having now been stolen from the site on three separate occasions, the Council has asked locals to also keep their eyes open for the grass thief.

“If anyone sees people acting suspiciously or a vehicle stopped at the worksite at night, please take note of the make and model of that vehicle and numberplate and report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Council,” they said in a press release.