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Dear Cr Longland,

Whilst you were sleeping, my partner David Norris, as instructed by Friends of the Koala, was checking out another very sick diseased koala in a tree on the southern edge of the Black Rocks sports field access road last week.

The koala was captured in order to receive urgent treatment.

This koala is the mother of the joey which were sighted during the 2015 survey.

Please do not make any suggestions that this ‘principal protagonist’ has a sole objective other than the saving of our iconic species the koala from extinction.

On behalf of the Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc, David Norris spends 12-16 hours per day, seven days a week trying to get a better outcome for koalas.

He seeks your assistance in his endeavours. I hope you will oblige.

Lyn Dickinson, secretary, Threatened Species Conservation Society


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  1. The capture of the mother of the joey on the night of 7 April 2016 was not successful. David Norris regularly visits the Black Rocks sports field in order to relocate this koala, but to date there have been no sightings of her in a suitable tree for capture. Please also note that he only checks from the edges rather than entering the bush so that he doesn’t disturb the koalas and other wildlife. Friends of the Koala have stated that if this koala is not urgently captured for treatment, she will die a slow miserable death in the bush.
    How many others at Black Rocks have died like this we will never know. And yes, Dave Norris is a koala hero.
    Unless the extreme noise events at Black Rocks are removed all the koalas there will die like this. The only way to protect them is to revegetate the sports field and leave them alone.


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