The Save Ballina Koala campaign has turned to crowdfunding in a last-ditch bid to save the north coast’s sole remaining intact colony of the marsupial.
The federal environment minister Greg Hunt has given conditional approval for the Pacific Highway duplication to carve through the Blackwall Ranges, which is home to more than 30 endangered native species and a colony of koalas believed to be the source population for the north coast.
Save Ballina Koalas spokesperson Jeff Johnson said the group needs funds to promote a number of short video clips highlighting the importance of this area and its nationally significant koala population,’ he said.
‘The money raised will be used to promote the videos via television, social media and YouTube. Any surplus funds will go to Friends of the Koala in Lismore who care for injured koalas and advocate for their protection,’ Mr Johnson added.
The ads will promote a campaign of writing and calling minister Hunt to get him to change his mind before construction begins.
Donations to Save Ballina’s Koalas are tax deductible and can be made via the group’s Planetfunder page.