Deborah's Diary

On Friday, the AKF was sent some unsettling photographs. Warning - they are slightly graphic. Click here to view them. You would have noticed that there is a wound that looks like a bullet hole. The area is in a contentious site of Australia where industry and the environment has clashed. I asked a local farmer to have a look at the images, and he believed it was a .22 rifle that caused the wound...
Today is Wattle Day , the first day of Spring, and (of course) the first day of Save The Koala Month - which is very exciting. When I was a little girl, I always used to wear a sprig of Wattle on my school uniform, and I still love the flower to this day. Although it is supposed to be a secret, I have a new book coming out called Koala Memoirs and the whole cover is covered in Wattle. I did not...
Hi all, The day after my May Diary entry which talked of the koalas being culled in Victoria, I received a phone call from the Victorian Ministers office. It was one of her staff – very upset. Gosh this is good news, I thought... But in fact, she was upset because 'someone she presumed to be an AKF member' had texted the Minister about the Koala cull. For those of you who do know of the English...
Hi all, Yesterday, after a very special Board meeting at Quinlans (pictured below), AKF had a wonderful time remembering and celebrating the AKF founding board member Dr. John Woolcock. See more in our News & Events .
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...