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Government fails to protect koalas

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Greens MP and Committee Chair Cate Faehrmann said the Government’s response to the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Koala Populations and their Habitat, released yesterday, indicates it has no intention of acting upon many key recommendations made by the Committee in order to stop koalas becoming extinct in NSW before 2050.

‘This is an extremely disappointing response from the NSW Government and shows they have no commitment to save koalas from extinction let alone doubling their numbers by 2050,’ said Ms Faehrmann.

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‘Many of the key recommendations, the vast majority of which were supported by all Committee members because they are what needs to be done to save koalas from extinction, seem to have been rejected outright. This is especially disappointing because they are all achievable if the Government had the will.

‘Of the 42 recommendations in the report, 14 were ‘Noted’ which from where I’m sitting is another way of saying ‘Rejected’. This is incredibly disappointing given how critical these recommendations are for the koala’s survival in NSW.

‘Recommendations such as the Government urgently investigating the ‘utilisation of core koala habitat on private land and in state forests to replenish koala habitat lost in the bushfires’ appear to be rejected out of hand.

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Government’s response to the koala crisis falls short

The NSW Government’s response to the 42 recommendations of the inquiry is woefully inadequate, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Nature Conservation Council Acting Chief Executive Jacqui Mumford said the government’s response is alarmingly relaxed about the looming extinction of an iconic native species.

‘There is nothing new in the government’s response, which just rehashes policies that have already patently failed to deliver the protection our koalas need.

‘Basically the government response says ‘relax, we’ve got it covered – no need to do more’.

‘But koalas are more at risk now than they were late last year because the National Party has torn down the koala SEPP and the obliteration of koala habitat continues.

‘Any response that does not stop the destruction of koala habitat for agriculture, logging and urban development falls catastrophically short of what’s required.

‘Several studies have warned that koalas will be extinct by 2050 without urgent action – we have a duty to ensure that does not happen.’

An adequate response would include: Implementing a strong, effective koala planning policy ; Committing to the creation of the Great Koala National Park proposal; Ending native forest logging, and; Ending the clearing of koala habitat for agriculture, urban development.

Relying heavily on new Koala Strategy

Ms Faehrmann said that instead of acting upon many of the recommendations that address the key threats facing koalas, the Environment Minister is relying heavily on the release of the new Koala Strategy early this year. ‘Like the old Koala Strategy, it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on if it doesn’t address the key threat to the ongoing survival of koalas in NSW which is the ongoing destruction of their habitat.’

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  1. once again the NSW government is looking at the almighty dollar clearing ground to build new estates, logging etc. and not caring about the Koalas at all. l hate to think that the future generations will not see a real koala only photos

  2. Yep! sadly I knew this would be the case when I attended the NSW State Govt Koala Hearings in Ballina. Guess I’ve just been around the block too many times in terms of environmental/animal welfare campaigns. I felt too many caring /well intentioned and ‘hopeful’ citizens , were clinging onto a shred of whatever positives came out of this Hearing. Which in reality was just another stalling strategy , to make the unaware NSW public falsely believe that the LNP was ACTUALLY doing something for Koalas. Be assured the LNP work VERY hard at these strategies & prepare these cynical tactics in a prospective manner, just to doubly ensure that the NSW public are conned & deluded. Gladys/Barilaro and the other forces of darkness must be pretty pleased with themselves having pulled this one off. The LNP was NEVER gonna protect diminishing core Koala habitat, because their priority was more development approvals on private land (where most Koalas are sadly relegated to) and further logging of native habitat , to keep their mates happy in the Forestry Industry. A deplorable industry that has not only raped & pillaged OUR native forests (nothing sustainable about this) but has ‘acquired’ untold acres of Crown land which SHOULD have been kept in the public’s hands. These valuable public assets have been essentially given to private logging companies at the horrifying expense of the tax payer. Our long suffering Koalas won’t make it into 2050 and as wildlife carer this breaks my heart more than words can say. Blinky Bill is mighty heart broken & pissed off as well.


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