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What can we do to prevent local koala extinction?

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A community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow (December 12) will discuss the extinction risk facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure the marsupial’s long-term survival in NSW.

WWF-Australia this year reported that koalas were on track to extinction in NSW as early as 2050 without a significant reduction in tree clearing, mitigation of climate change and major expansion of protected areas.

Queensland University Researchers have estimated there were just 36,000 koalas left in NSW in 2012, and that the population was on track to decline 26 per cent over six koala generations (mid-1990s and mid-2030s).

State govt to blame

Some 99 per cent of koala habitat is on private land in NSW, so it can now be bulldozed under new laws the Berejiklian government introduced last year (the ironically titled Biodviersty Conservation Act).

Bulldozing of bushland tripled in one part of the state in the first 12 months of the new laws, destroying 5,000 hectares of koala habitat.

Yet even as native forest logging on the North Coast is destroying prime koala habitat, the Berejiklian government is hastening their demise further, with proposals to open up new forests to loggers.

Speakers at tonight’s meeting will include Widjabul Elder Uncle Herb Roberts, NSW Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski, Dr Martin Taylor from WWF-Australia, Friends of the Koala president Dr Ros Irwin and North East Forest Alliance president Dailan Pugh.

Save our Koalas Community Forum

When; 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, December 12

Where; Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore

 


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4 COMMENTS

  1. If governments are genuinely committed to protecting koalas, they would listen to and act upon the advice of the experts. When a native species is threatened, it is not business as usual. It means making extraordinary and often unpopular decisions. Stress-related disease is one of the biggest koala killers. If we don’t significantly reduce the causes of stress, we have no hope of saving them from extinction.

    It is more important than ever that we have strong Greens representation in Parliament. It is the Greens who have a long unwavering history of standing up for the environment. If elected, Greens state candidate Bill Fenelon will push for replacing the LNP’s shameful so-called Biodiversity Conservation Act with strong environmental legislation which puts an end to native forest logging and protects koala habitat.

  2. I hope they can find ways of saving the Koalas and other endangered species,, as usual this NSW government don’t seem to care about anything other then making money, fancy passing a new law allowing owners to bulldozing the trees down, unbelievably.

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