14.3 C
Byron Shire
May 29, 2024

Are we logging koalas to extinction?

Latest News

Byron biz digs in for BayFM

The Byron business community gathered at Fishheads for their new menu launch and a fundraiser for Bay FM last week, with $1,360 being raised for the independent radio station.

Other News

Kahakai: new taste experience in Byron

Kahakai is a new restaurant in Byron on the corner of Bay Lane and Fletcher St which, with its...

A huge celebration in Byron

Stone & Wood’s 10th instalment of the Festival of the Stone is a celebration of music, community and ancient brewing tradition, to welcome winter to Byron Bay on Saturday. Byron locals and visitors will gather to take in a major line-up of music, tantalising tastes and the annual unveiling of the 2024 batch of Stone Beer, while raising much-needed funds for local homeless hub, Fletcher Street Cottage.

First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

Police to evict in Lismore this morning?

Police are expected to arrive around 8:30am this morning to evict people living at a house in Pine Street Lismore at the behest of the NSW Reconstruction Authority, or charge occupants who refuse to leave with trespass.

Primary care nurses supported in community

Health services, particularly GP services, have been stretched over recent years and new funding to support nurses and build...

‘Byron Independents’ ticket announced

Byron Shire Mayor Michael Lyon has announced his running mates for the upcoming local government elections. Cr Lyon will again contest the mayoralty, with Dr Meredith Wray, Cr Mark Swivel and former Councillor Jeannette Martin in the group.

One of Braemar’s Koalas that survived the fires, whose home is now proposed for logging. Photo Dailan Pugh.

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) is calling on people to take action to protect one of the most important koala habitats on the Richmond River Lowlands in response to the Forestry Corporation commencing logging in Braemar State Forest – south of Casino.

NEFA spokesperson Dailan Pugh said that four days after the election of the Minns Government, the Forestry Corporation released their plan to log over 5,000 mature koala feed trees in compartments 6 and 7 of Braemar State Forest. ‘Last week they began roading operations.

‘They are obviously taking advantage of the chaos after the election of the new Government to log this habitat before the incoming Minns government can implement their promise to protect Koala habitat.’

Urgently write to Environment Minister

NEFA is asking people to urgently write to the new Environment Minister Penny Sharp and the new Forestry Minister Tara Moriarty asking them to immediately stop logging of this important Koala habitat in Braemar State Forest.

‘In 2019 NEFA koala scat searches revealed an exceptional density of koala scats and multiple koala high use areas in compartments 6 and 7 of Braemar State Forest, which under the then harvesting plan would have required over half the logging area to be protected for koalas.

‘The then Berejiklian Government reacted by adopting a new plan that removed requirements to protect koala high use areas, and instead only required the protection of five small potential koala feed trees per hectare.

‘NEFA then began preparing for a blockade as we undertook further surveys to identify the extent of this important population.

The Busby Flat fire

‘On the night of 8 October 2019 the Busby’s Flat fire burnt through these compartments, eliminating koalas from the most heavily burnt forests, though thankfully some survived in less heavily burnt stands, one study estimating a loss of 50-70 per cent of koalas.

‘In August 2020 NEFA released a proposal for a 7,000 ha Sandy Creek Koala Park on the understanding that the surviving Koalas could rebuild their population over time.

‘Instead of allowing the koalas to recover, the Forestry Corporation are intending to log 75 per cent of koala feed trees >30cm diameter (the size preferred by koala), totalling over 5,000 mature feed trees, across the 187ha logging area.

‘This is on top of the fire impacts, and will devastate recovering populations.

‘Koalas are notoriously lethargic and need you to take action on their behalf to convince the new NSW Minns Government to honour their promise to protect Koalas.’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Disgusting that the logging company is going ahead to start cutting down 5000 Koala feed trees in the Braemar State Forest . Lets hope the Minn government keeps their promise to protect the Koalas.

  2. OK, so why are they logging a known koala habitat? Well it isn’t done out of spite its a reaction to the demand created by housing , one that has been blown out to impossible levels by high immigration.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported in NSW result in guilty outcome

The latest study from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR), shows that only 7 per cent of sexual assaults reported to NSW Police end up in a guilty verdict in court.

Ballina adopts Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan

After an hour's debate, Ballina Shire Council voted to adopt its own Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan at its last meeting.

Households warned against smoke alarm complacency

Firefighters, NRL stars and other top athletes are urging households across the state to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes, as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launches its annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign.

Surf like a woman

Local surfing legend Pauline Menczer has told her remarkable story in a new book, 'Surf Like a Woman', which tells the story of how she overcame sexism, homophobia and rheumatoid arthritis to become World Surfing Champion.