Deborah's Diary

Save the Koala Month finishes today and it has been very hectic. We launched our month at Dreamworld when David Tree, the famous firefighter, came to Brisbane and told us stories about finding Sam the koala during the Victorian Bushfires. We then launched our new No Tree No Me ad to sell our bumper stickers (hope you have yours) and last Friday, on Save the Koala Day, we participated in the Save...
I am sure you have heard that Sam the Koala died today. The dear little koala that made the whole world notice the plight of the Koala has left behind a great legacy. I have been interviewed by many journalists and I believe our Prime Minister was asked how he felt about her passing. She is and will continue to be a shining light on the plight of her wild cousins who need our politicians to...
I recently read 700 post mortems of koala which articulated their cause of death. I keep that document on my desk so I never forget what the AKF is about. Many of the reports had the word “wasted” and they appear to have starved to death, or worse still been so sick that they were malnourished. After reading them all, I wondered how in earth can this beautiful creature with so much to offer our...
Two Queensland Government Ministers have just put out this press release. Do we believe that this ‘SPP’ will work? Basically this says that if a developer cuts down trees that have koalas in them, they will grow more trees elsewhere. I wonder what they think will happen to the koalas. Qld govt considers koala protection rule Published 5:18p.m. 2nd July 2009 Updated 6:57p.m. 2nd July 2009 Source:...
Last night I went to a community meeting about the sealing of an existing road. I wrote about this road in my Bulldozer of Process article and the process continues to fascinate me - if it were not so serious it would almost be funny. The photo below is of a koala found sitting in a tree by the side of the road. The photo was taken last year by a long term resident of the area. She sent it in to...
Yesterday I spoke with both the office of Premier Bligh here in Queensland and Minister Garrett’s office in Canberra. I made the calls offering to visit both of them to express my grave concerns for the koala population in South East Queensland. As you know, our Koala Campaigners have been writing to both Mr. Garrett and Premier Bligh asking for the release of a scientific document that has been...
It is nearly 7 pm. I am waiting to ring in to a local radio station in Northern New South Wales. The presenter's name is Pussycat. This is a community radio station and she wants to understand why it is so difficult to get the koala protected by the Federal Government. I am looking forward to the interview because I suspect a lot of the listeners are people that have fought hard and long battles...
This morning I received an email from Wendy, a woman who is trying to stop a car rally driving through her part of Australia. Over the last few months many people in the district have been contacting AKF about this – because the rally will drive through an area that has several communities of koalas. The locals have banded together and one lady Kath – monitors the koalas every day. There is to be...
On Saturday 14th March, the Minister for the Environment, Mr. Peter Garrett will sing with his old band, Midnight Oil. You may remember that during the 2000 Australian Olympics when he was just the lead singer of the band he wore the word SORRY on his outfit. This reference was to his concerns for the Stolen Generation – children who had been taken away from their children (there is a great movie...
I hear that Minister Garrett was absolutely fabulous when he sang at the Fire Concert and that he continued to sing the "anthems" about protecting the environ-ment. Now we want him to be equally fabulous and ask the Queensland Govern-ment for a document that is needed for our Nomination Form to have the koala listed as vulnerable or Endangered under the EPBC Act (the Federal law that may be...