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Calls for action to save koalas as Forestry Corporation prepares to log Braemar

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With logging due to start in the Braemar State Forest next Friday, the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) are calling on the community to voice their opposition to the logging of core Koala habitat.

NEFA undertook its third koala assessment of Braemar State Forest last weekend and say they again found abundant koala scats.

NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said this reaffirmed that it was one of the most significant koala populations known in State Forests.

‘We now estimate that there are over 100ha of Koala High Use Areas, which is unprecedented in State Forests,’ Mr Pugh said.

‘Over the past 20 years, across the hundreds of thousands of hectares they logged, the Forestry Corporation only found a total of 200ha of small scattered Koala High Use Areas.

‘Braemar encompasses core breeding habitat that is part of the nationally significant koala population previously identified across the nearby Carwong and Royal Camp State Forests.

‘Our appeals to the Premier to intervene and ensure that all Koala High Use Areas are identified and protected were counter-productive. Instead the Government has decided to switch over to the new rules where Koala High Use Areas are no longer protected.

‘A new Harvesting Plan was released last Saturday and logging is due to start on the auspicious date of Friday the 13th September.

‘There are likely to be 60-90 koalas living in the area they are about to trash.’


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5 COMMENTS

  1. The only way to appeal to our premier is with a collection of large brown paper bags and the opportunity to inflict greater environmenral destruction in the name of ‘progress’.

  2. On the one hand they spend a fortune on Koala fences and cattle grids and on the other they trash the koala habitat and what’s even more crazy, is that people keep on voting for these jokers at elections

  3. Completely agree with Andy’s comments re a waste of funds spent by our appalling Premier (I said that last bit ) on inappropriate funding, when trashing Koala habitat is the MOST significant thing you should be doing. However, our arrogant & dishonest Premier keeps talking up what her govt is doing for Koalas which galls me, when they are permitting logging in prime Koala habitat. The Premier has just given the go ahead to log Braemar Forest , where NEFA has been doing their own surveys & finding lots of Koala scats. Also discovered illegal logging activities ALL compliments of our eco vandal Premier. When will our voters get informed, get a brain and STOP voting for the LNP ? Their ignorance & apathy means that many of us who are activists & care deeply for our wildlife & natural places , are having collective melt downs & chronic compassion fatigue.

  4. ‘Glad the Destroyer’ strikes yet again. Her government has changed the rules so the loggers can now go ahead with taking koala habitat. Not good. We just can’t keep doing this.

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