The Upper House Inquiry into koala populations and habitat in New South Wales is sitting at the Ballina RSL Club today.
Local activists marked the occasion with a ‘koala funeral’ commemorating the many thousands of animals that have died due to human intervention.
Around 100 people attended the funeral, which included a procession and speeches.
‘We are here to pay our respects the koalas that are killed every day. Koalas evolved in this land,’ the spokesman for the North East Forest Alliance Dailan Pugh said.
‘The koalas we know and love evolved over 11 million years.
‘Koalas were already ancient when the Aboriginal people arrived here and they were considered good tucka.
‘But that is nothing compared to the slaughter of the millions that were shot, scared and poisoned for their fur [post colonisation].