Deborah's Diary

Yesterday I responded to tremendous media coverage of the recent news about the culling of Koalas in Cape Otway. In one TV interview I said that I was glad that the Victorian Minister for the Environment is speaking respectfully about the Koala. It has been my experience over all these years, that I write to a Victorian Government Minister about the plight of the Koala and never hear anything in...
It is with great sadness that the AKF and I advise of the passing of our Founding Research Chairman, Dr John Woolcock. His funeral will be held tomorrow. There are truly not enough words to describe his loss to all of us at the AKF, to his family and of course to the Koala. He has been a constant in my life. By and large Dr John as he was affectionately known, has not missed many Board meetings...
Hi all, Last week, former Prime Minister Mr. Malcolm Fraser died. During TV interviews over the last few days, I found myself agreeing with practically everything he said. That is, except that he thought Australia could handle 40-50 million people (we currently have around 24 million). Like many, he said that water could be piped from the north to the south and towns created on the way. You can...
This morning I wrote to Minister Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister and said, in part, the following; Good morning Greg, This is pretty much the response overnight from the world about the secret culling of Koalas in Victoria, and with this email I will ask that you reconsider the non-listing of the Koala in Victoria by Minister Burke in May 2012. Email to the AKF: 'As a long time koala...
The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is aware of this emerging story. Hundreds of Victorian koalas killed off in secret cull Deborah has been speaking with the press this morning. If this science, guised as a cull, was so important, why was it done in secret? Koala numbers at Cape Otway are a result of gross mismanagement. The Australian Government should hang its head in shame, for allowing a...
Hi all, Can you believe we are coming up to March already? When you're busy, time just flies. 2015 is going to be a big year for the AKF. Slowly but surely the Koala Protection Act has been gaining momentum. Now, with your support, my team and I are ready to go. We are constantly asked... 'How can I help?' We truly appreciate your passion, and are so happy to hear that you care. The simple answer...
Hi everyone and welcome to 2015. Australia goes to sleep over the Christmas period, basically until Australia Day on 26 th January, but we are now back, awake and ready to go. Are you ready to help us? Apart from the old team, we now have Rebecca Andersen who has joined us full time. Rebecca has been with us for a year part time helping with social media and will now be helping to spread the word...
AKF is getting ready for Christmas and in a few days, Matthew is going to send you a video that will show what an incredible year we have had with our team and our endeavours to save the Koala. What I wanted to write about though, is that this week, I will be presenting at a Planning Assessment Commission in Gunnedah, in the middle of New South Wales where the AKF will make comment about our...
I have a new catchphrase “Koala Diplomacy”. It was coined by a BBC journalist in his wrap up of the G20 recently held in Brisbane. The group were supposed to talk economics but really I think the most important thing to come out of it was a genuine discussion on climate change (as we sweltered in 45C weather over the weekend) and of course to see the world’s leaders smiling when they got up close...
The AKF has been busy writing two Senate Submissions and they will be made public once the Senate Committee has approved their contents. In both of these documents we have highlighted the complete inability of the Queensland and New South Wales Governments to be capable of taking over approvals for Koala approvals and that we are seeing shocking and blatant disregard for the federal EPBC Act...