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The Forestry Corporation’s Planning Portal shows that forest compartments are on the chopping block before the Great Koala National Park (GKNP) boundaries are finalised. Even a moratorium has been ignored.

This was an election promise by the Labor government: ‘To protect koala habitat on the Mid North Coast of NSW’. Such a promise is yet to manifest.

Thus the rights of nature are wilfully violated and koala extinction is ensured by the NSW government. Put another way, the GKNP will be logged, thus ensuring koala extinction before the park is legally protected. Currently 95 per cent of the proposed park is vulnerable to logging.

At this critical time it is obvious that civil society is not represented by the NSW Labor government. Political spin is just so much part of the culture.

There is an answer. The extraordinary work of Bangalow Koalas and private landholders, who have planted more than 377,000 trees across the region. Fragmented habitat exists all over the Byron Shire. Time for citizens’ action to follow the example of Bangalow Koalas. This group of activists have inspired international activists to fly to Australia and plant massive habitat for koalas. It can be done. Let groups of folk restore habitat for persecuted sentient life. We owe it to future generations of all sentient beings.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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  1. Fantastic letter from Ms Faith re our Koalas losing out and so they have, sadly over 200 plus years. I volunteer with Bangalow Koalas planting trees and we MUST continue to do this. Many sites around our vast region is testament to the success of planting native trees , not just for Koalas BUT for all of our threatened wildlife. Unfortunately all of our wildlife is “threatened’ regardless of the government classification, as our species has left NO room for wildlife. The madness of continued native forest logging and land clearing spells doom for our long suffering Koalas & every other native species. Our Community has clearly stated , time & time again that the needs of wildlife must NOW ( finally)come first , otherwise I fear we will only be viewing wildlife behind bars in a zoo. So all of those human primates that say they care about our wildlife….NOW is the time to get off the couch and STAND UP for wildlife, TODAY NOT TOMORROW 🙁


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