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Linda Sparrow, President Bangalow Koalas

Today’s performance by the National Party in NSW will go down in history of utter arrogance and total contempt for our vulnerable koalas and other wildlife. The major cause of the decline of koalas is habitat loss, and it can not be dismissed by ‘if a farmer or a private landholder wants to take a few logs off to have a livelihood…’.

With widespread clearing of habitat on private land and the ongoing logging we need to protect their habitat. Let alone the massive loss of habitat from the unprecedented bush fires.

John Barilaro your comment today that ‘the National Party stands for a thriving koala population and wants to see the koala population double’ is not supported by the actions you are now taking. Saying one thing and continuing to support unchecked land clearing since the new Native Vegetation clearing codes were introduced in March 2019 – 51,000 hectares of cleared for agriculture.

It appears the National Party has been on another planet for the last couple of years and not listened to, seen, or understood what the majority of Australians are asking for… protection of our environment and our wildlife.

Here in the Northern Rivers Bangalow Koalas has been busy creating and connecting koala habitat to form a koala wildlife corridor from Byron Bay and surrounds out towards Tenterfield, north to the Queensland border and south towards Grafton. The majority of our landholders are farmers. We are in a regional area and farmers far and wide in this area are jumping on board to protect and save our koalas. I believe you are out of touch with the very people you claim to be representing.

May you all hold your heads in shame.

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  1. Apart from the koalas it’s the ‘land clearing’ that has a ‘third’
    unannounced meaning behind it. Now – what else could the
    Nationals be up to…

  2. Too true Linda – an embarrassing farce from a party that pressured the govt into relaxing native vegetation laws, and then whaddaya know – tens of thousands of hectares of native vegetation is cleared in the interim! So much for caring for Koalas. Further, Barilaro completely misunderstands the legislation – this is just a dummy spit and attempt to further water down environmental protections and it has failed spectacularly.

  3. The Environmental terrorists, otherwise known as the National Party, stand for unrestricted land clearing, coal mining, nuclear power, coal-seam gas mining, diverting unsustainable amounts of water from the Murray/Darling basin to massive foreign controlled irrigation farms and completely ignoring the pleas of Australian farmers to take climate change seriously. The Nationals are now becoming terrified of the emergence of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party to whom they are haemorrhaging votes to in their once safe rural seats. The Nationals have long passed their use-by date the sooner they become irrelevant the better off Australia will be.

  4. Ah! When is a Nat Leader NOT a Nat Leader. He’s still
    there. How come? Barilaro’s Mister-in-between. He,
    just like LIB ScoNo, has fossil fuel written all over him.
    Both have the ABC in their Under-Belly sights. So sad.
    They are Murdoch’s own Hydroxychloroquine stepping
    stones. Well may we say “Who’ll save Australia” from
    the mob!


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