What can you do?
FACT: Meaningful legislation is the only way to protect koalas.
There is currently no legislation, anywhere in the country, that can protect Koalas and Koala habitat in Australia. The listing of the koala as “vulnerable” under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in 2012 changed nothing. This is supposed to be the premier law for protecting Australia’s environment, yet it is powerless. By the time you read this page the bulldozers may already be working, but it is not too late to take action. Below we have listed some of the things that might make a difference.
Write to the Federal Minister for the Environment. Local and State Governments have been unable to make the difference in saving Koalas and their trees. It is the considered view of the Australian Koala Foundation that best thing you can do for the Koalas in your area is to write to Australia’s Environment Minister, The Hon Greg Hunt MP. Follow this link for more information. Don’t allow your story to be lost in the bulldozer of State and Local Government process.
Media attention can help. Contact your local newspaper. Often they will have an environmental reporter who may be interested in the plight of your Koalas. Write letters to the editor of your local and national newspapers.
Speak to your local members. We still encourage you to speak with your local Council for help, and to contact your state’s Department of Environment. The AKF also suggests that you write to your state Minister and Shadow Minister for the Environment, all of whom are listed here. The Government needs to hear your story to convince them to protect Koalas and their habitat.