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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

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On 17 February the federal environment minister Tony Burke will announce his decision on whether the koala is to be listed under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Did you know that the koala is not listed as a nationally threatened species under federal legislation?

There are now fewer than 80,000 koalas. There used to be millions. Between 1900 and 1930 hundreds of thousands of koalas were slaughtered. The Australian public became so outraged that politicians were forced to intervene.

Tony Burke has heard the opinions of the developer and logging interests. It’s now time to hear the views of the other 99 per cent.

Independent scientific evidence proves that the koala is experiencing population decline, local and regional extinction. The main threats to the koala are the destruction and fragmentation of its habitat, disease, dogs and cars.

Listing the koala is an important first step. Once the koala is listed more needs to be done.

It’s vital that environment minister Burke to do the right thing and list. Contact the environment minister now!

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tony_burke

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tony.burke.mp

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