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Nannas support koalas and NEFA in Casino

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The Knitting Nannas standing up (and sitting down) for koalas in Casino.

The Knitting Nannas are holding regular public knit-ins in Casino in support of NEFA, to raise awareness about Forestry operations logging in koala habitat in particular in Myrtle Forest, near Casino which was severely impacted by last summers’ fires.

The Nannas say recent surveys by Dailan Pugh and NEFA volunteers found evidence of koala scats in Myrtle forest and additional roosting trees.

The Nannas say the forest needs to recover to enable koalas to recover.

SpokesNanna Rosie said that the recent government report that found koalas will be extinct by 2050 in the wild makes this imperative. ‘It is estimated Banyabba koalas which range this forest lost 83% of their population. Last week we had a long chat to an old forester who agrees that current Forestry practices are not sustainable. 

‘We posted 21 letters to John Barrelaro signed by locals urging protection of koalas and cessation of logging burnt native forests. 

‘As Minister responsible for forestry however, his position is now totally untenable.’

Nannas will be back in Casino again soon.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Glad to see that the Knitting Nanas are in Casino ?? Who would have thought ..rock on girls & keep speaking up for Koalas. Its not surprising that the NATS spat the dummy over any ‘MINOR” changes to the SEPP regulations that will NOT affect their routine businesses. IF A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED WHERE KOALAS HAVE BEEN LIVING THEN A APPROVAL FOR CLEARING CAN APPLY BUT COUNCILS CAN OVER RIDE THIS APPARENTLY ? These measures do not protect Koalas as the Nana’s so rightly state, logging in Myrte forest & west of Coffee Harbour etc STILL will destroy our beloved Koalas. Much more needs to happen IF we are to save our Koalas from extinction way before 2050. SAVE BLINKY FROM THE NATS.

  2. Good on you …you wonderful women. There are many Politicians and Developers who need the humbling Koala experience. Sit in the forest for a week without food or water. Brave out the Fires. Watch your community and children suffer and die. Seek a compassionate being. Share your story of survival..if you do survive and show the world your new found compassion to all sentient beings.

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