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Koalas lose out to logging once again

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The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) are calling for the Premier to intervene to ensure that the required thorough searches for koalas are undertaken and all Koala High Use Areas protected in Braemar State Forest, south of Casino.

On Sunday July 28 NEFA did a koala scat search over approximately 3ha of Braemar State Forest and they documented 42 trees with koala scats, including 14 with more than 20 koala scats.

‘This is an exceptional density of koalas and under the Threatened Species Licence this entire area qualifies as a Koala High Use Area that must be protected from imminent logging,’ NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said.

‘The full extent of this high quality koala habitat is obviously far greater than we have so far identified and there are likely other high use areas scheduled for logging.’

According to NEFA the area is already marked up for logging that is due to start later this month.

‘The full extent of this high quality koala habitat is obviously far greater than we have so far identified and there are likely other high use areas scheduled for logging,’ said Mr Pugh.

‘None of the trees we searched had been searched before us, despite the requirement of the Threatened Species Licence that thorough searches for koala scats have to be undertaken before logging.’

Gibberagee State Forest

A similar situation occurred in March this year when NFEA identified a significant koala population in Gibberagee State Forest. NEFA says the Forestry Corporation had not undertaken the thorough koala searches required.

‘Our appeals to the EPA and the environment minister Matt Kean to stop work while the required searches were undertaken to identify Koala High Use Areas were ignored. The Forestry Corporation continued to log Koala High Use Areas while the EPA were in the forest assessing our complaints. In the end, as a token gesture the Forestry Corporation only protected 1ha of a single Koala High Use Area we had identified.’

Wanton disregard

NEFA have requested that Premier Berejiklian intervene to stop the Forestry Corporation commencing logging in Braemar State Forest until there is an independent assessment of koala usage and the protection of Koala High Use Areas.

‘NEFA have had enough of the Forestry Corporation’s wanton disregard for their legal obligations and are determined to make them abide by the law this time,’ said Mr Pugh.

‘With the already proven significance of the nearby Royal Camp and Carwong State Forests for koalas our findings prove that these remnant forests on the margin of the Richmond floodplain are of exceptional importance for koalas and must be protected from further degradation.’

♦ The Forestry Corporation and environment minister Matt Kean have been contacted for comment. 


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Why don’t we all agree that most folks just don’t give a shit !!

    Good work NEFA !! But don’t expect much from the GLADiator !

    How ordinary our current crop of elected reps are – From Canberra to Byron Shire !

  2. Forestry Corporation must be BLIND { they do not give a stuff about native animals}The By pass removed Koalas from the Duranbah Cudgen Area, Land clearing by new residents removed remaining trees,– the little bridges over the MOTORWAY for animals to CROSS the motorway?-unbelievable dumb politicians throughout australia

  3. So disgusting but those of us that are activists have known these sad facts (Thank YOU Dailan) for many decades. Forestry has been bloody minded and quite vicious in respect to any criticism of their obvious mismanagement/eco vandalism and corruption Geez I wonder why that is ? Follow the money and ALL will be revealed. Foresty Industries/the Govt have always sung from the same Hymn sheet & there has never been a separation or objectivity in relation to their objectives/or policies. The Govt is supposed to represent our Ecology HA! That will be the day and the citizens that pay taxes NOT the God damn industry & loggers that can not see the forest for the (lack) of trees. Our precious Koalas are already ‘functionally extinct” , how tragic is that??? The LNP (especially) have sought to only consider profit as precious ,NOT our long suffering Koalas & native wildlife. My heart breaks for our persecuted & maligned native species.

  4. Money always comes before the environment with business people & the Government. Our koalas are already on the verge of extinction, as they are not protected as they should be. Too much encroachment on their land , & too many trees, (the leaves food for them), have been mown down. Reminds me of the orang-utan situation in S.E. Asia, where they are being hounded to death, too. It’s a horrible situation, which, apparently, won’t stop.

  5. What example is this KIND (sic) of behaviour to our children ? Come on millennials you must be able to have a voice without fear of reprisal….

  6. Thank you we do have to be very careful – the forests are essential not negotiable really, the animal world and we are of the animal world must protect what is true and the habitat and the sustainable forever of forests and waterways are our only survival, these must be made protected and kept healthy – especially waterways without water we are dust, it becomes clear now that we are more than aware of land loss and environmental destruction – so we have the facts let’s make an effort to be with nature and fight for a sane application, a proper way to live on the planet, protect nature, all waters, say no the nuclear ( of course – Russians are fleeing from a reactor gone wrong this week, hundreds of thousands fleeing but fleeing where ? That’s right nowhere is safe uranium should have stayed in the ground the waste product is deadly and for almost eve it is deadly, we shouldn’t muck with it – I do hope that the media hasn’t dulled your thinking – all those programs and no actual invested interest in the world around you is a well-devised plan it disengages the populous from the political status that you should have, the voice you should have. So good bye play school hello world.

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