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National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is questioning the strategy that was passed at the National party conference to save koalas saying that it won’t save the species from the problems the Nationals have created via their enthusiasm for land clearing and native forest logging.

‘The motion, which called on the NSW Government to speed up the development of the whole-of-government koala strategy and to create koala sanctuaries that sound more like zoos is conservation National Party style,’ the NPW said in a recent press release.

‘The Nationals seem to be proposing the creation of enclosures into which will be placed koalas that are injured or displaced via logging and land clearing.

‘Queensland has seen a dramatic increase in the number of koalas being brought into care since land clearing laws were relaxed.’

Ben Franklin, North Coast National Party MLC, commented saying that:

‘The Liberal and National Government is committed to coordinating efforts to stabilise and ultimately increase the numbers of koalas.

‘That’s why we’ve started developing a whole-of-government koala strategy, as recommended by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC.

‘This strategy will complement the koala conservation work already being done under the NSW Government’s $100 million Saving our Species program.

‘Last year we also committed to investing $10 million over five years to acquire vital koala habitat.’

However, NPA Senior Ecologist, Dr Oisín Sweeney said that there is already a koala sanctuary ready to go that will protect koalas in their natural habitat. 

‘It will protect some of NSW’s most important koala populations and give a huge economic boost to the Coffs coast. It’s called the Great Koala National Park (GKNP),’ said Dr Sweeney.

‘NSW Labor has already thrown its support behind the GKNP. If the Nationals are serious about protecting koalas, we call on them to talk to the NSW Environment Minister and make it happen.

 ‘This will require some soul searching from the Nationals, because it’s their determination to facilitate land clearing and industrial logging that has caused the problem for koalas in the first place.

 ‘However, now that the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has released modelling[1] showing that the best koala habitat is found in state forests, it’s become very difficult in the face of spiralling declines in koala numbers to deny the impact that logging is having on the world’s favourite animal.

‘Of course, this impact is obvious because the EPA and independent academics have shown over and over that koalas like big trees and mature forests, not matchsticks and clear-felled moonscapes.

‘The DPI modelling also confirmed what we already knew: that the GKNP is in exactly the right place to protect koala habitats of national significance.

‘What’s more, the GKNP is comprised entirely of public land, meaning that the conservation bang for buck is orders of magnitude greater than building expensive enclosures that must be maintained indefinitely.

‘The creation of glorified zoos is a Nationals non-solution to a Nationals problem and shows a fundamental misunderstanding of koala biology.

‘Koalas don’t do well when moved around. Despite their sleepy appearance, they’re a highly stressed animal. The best thing we can do is to create large protected areas incorporating their habitat. The best thing we can do is create the Great Koala National Park.’

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  1. Where do we draw the line? We can chose to draw the line now and respect the territory of other species less violent and rapacious than we are, and allow them to live.

    How arrogant of humans to say – we’ll just move you. We barge in to an ecosystem and destroy it and destroy the lives of so many without even a blink of an eye.

    What a wonderful suggestion – a Great Koala National Park that encompasses their habitat so we don’t push them out, we don’t destroy their homes or their territory, we respect their boundaries. – what a leap forward that would be.

    Shame on the Nats – on their small mindedness, on their disdain for any life other than human and any economy other than human.


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