Deborah's Diary

Hello Koala Lovers, Over recent weeks I have been writing and meeting with the Queensland Government about the Koala Expert Panel Report which was supposed to be finished in June (now due in August) and of course about my concerns for Koala declines and the loss of habitat. AKF has, for years always tried to get up to date information on the Koalas that have been admitted to the Koala hospital...
Hello Koala Lovers, Just letting you know I am at Quinlans checking on this beautiful place that was bequeathed to the AKF over 7 years ago. We have 70 new trees going into the ground today link to tree planting) and Ian has done a mammoth job clearing lantana near Charlie's Bath which is a beautiful part of the property where major regrow the occurring. More later. Deborah
Hello Koala Lovers, At a recent Board meeting, we all remembered fondly the input of Dr John Woolcock, the founding Research Chairman of the AKF when we started in 1986. Dr John, as he was affectionately known always, and I mean always, would ask rhetorically whenever I presented a problem facing the Koala with the following. “Who is the custodian of the Koala?” I think about this constantly,...
Hello Koala Lovers, Winter is upon us in Australia and this is the time that our office starts to get ready for Save the Koala Month in September. Our theme this year is “Love is in the Air”. September, October and November are breeding seasons for the Koala and sadly many Koalas get hurt traversing landscapes looking for mates. It is also the time when the AKF seeks support from the public...
Dear Koala lovers! With the closing date for submissions for the New South Wales Koala Strategy and the draft of the South-East Queensland Regional Plan both falling on 3rd March, the Australian Koala Foundation has once again written to the relevant Ministers to highlight our major concerns. My letter to the Hon Jacklyn Trad , QLD Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, includes a full...
Hello Koala Lovers, The last few weeks since the team and I returned from our holidays has been very busy. There are links below to all the letters the AKF staff have written to various politicians about our concern for the Koala and its habitat: Letter to NSW Environment Minister, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton Letter to Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg Letter to Qld Deputy...
Hello Koala lovers! It's been a busy work in the AKF office with a couple of curiously synchronised goings-on in Queensland and New South Wales - with no action from the Federal Government. I have written to the Queensland Minister for Planning and Deputy Premier, the Hon. Jacklyn Trad , regarding the released draft of South-East Queensland Regional Plan . This plan will outline the priorities...
Dave Mitchell, our Landscape Ecologist is in Canberra this week to deliver a powerful presentation on the value of the AKF's maps and how they can be used to help plan development and ecological conservation in our country. Please read the AKF's official press release about it to learn more. David Bruce, from Omnilink will be joining Dave, and I am so proud of both of them for what we have...
Hello Koala lovers, I am going to Quinlan's tomorrow and I will do what I love best; be in the bush. Quinlan’s is looking beautiful because we have had good rain and many of the trees and shrubs planted are starting to thrive. In the spring, it was marvellous to see seed on some of the lovely understorey we planted nearly 4 years ago. This will mean that the seeds will now blow in the wind and...
Hello Koala Lovers, On Friday I wrote to the Premier of Queensland and also the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy . The Queensland Minister for the Environment, Mr. Steven Miles has asked for submissions regarding Koala conservation in South East Queensland, the deadline for which is Friday, October 21 st . For regular readers of my Diary, you will know that he was the Minister who...