Deborah's Diary

Since my last Diary, there has been two articles dealing with the death of a National Parks Officer. Sydney Morning Herald Link The Australian Link This is a sobering story for all concerned, but it is good news that the Land and Environment Court chose to make these comments. More later. Regards, Deborah
Save the Koala Month is coming up and I do hope that many of you will find the time to spread the word about the AKF, and our mission to get a Koala Protection Act for the Koala. Our fundraising idea this year is gorgeous. Finger Puppets that make your heart sing. Every time I look at them it makes me smile. I also find a great deal of pleasure in looking at our Facebook page and I get to read...
I just counted up how many emails I have sent to either the Federal Minister, Mr. Greg Hunt ( [email protected] ) or his senior staff over the last few months. It is approximately 30 and they cover a range of issues where the Koala is at risk. I believe we have had 3 standard letters from the Minister, a few replies from him directly with “cheers”, or “I am increasingly engaged on this”. To...
Hello to all our supporters, I decided to write a "happy" email today because the last couple of months have been pretty joyous from the AKF's point of view and of course I mean worldwide publicity and Prince George backpacks. When I got this photo from Morag about her dear little grandson Archie wearing (and loving) his backpack, I just had to share it because, of course, isn't this what we are...
Hello to all Koala lovers, Today I wrote the following letter to 127 federal politicians who have their electorate in Koala habitat. Many of the electorates have now lost their Koala population completely and only 5 electorates have a Koala population of more than 1000. If you are an Australia, then you need to contact your local politician and say that you expect them to support the Koala...
As you are likely aware, the Koala was listed as a federal species under the Federal Government’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in May 2012. Finally there was some symbolic recognition that the Koala is in serious trouble in this country. With the listing, the Federal Government of Australia had an opportunity to step in and really help Koala populations after two...
Hello to all our Koala supporters, Happy New Year to everyone and AKF staff are looking forward to 2014. From today on, our only focus will be the Koala Protection Act. Until one exists, Koala trees will continue to be destroyed. The fires that rage in our country yet again are just a forerunner of what we can see in the future, so saving existing forests is now even more essential. In recent...
It has been a hectic year, in which we have seen a lot of change. All of us here at the Australian Koala Foundation are so grateful for your support through it all. We wish you all a merry Christmas and a safe and happy holidays and look forward to the exciting challenges ahead in 2014. On behalf of the Koala, we thank you all for a great year.
Last night on TV, there was a follow up on the logging of plantations in Victoria. I warn you, some of the images of the Koala are just shocking and so sad. This morning, I sent a strong message to the Minister for the Environment Mr. Greg Hunt saying that he, as Federal Minister needs to overview what is going on in that State, which of course does not have the Koala listed. I also made it clear...
A large part of our country is on fire and yesterday while watching TV I saw images that are terrifying. Hundreds of houses have been lost, but luckily Australians are becoming so good at evacuating that only a few people have perished. This is amazing and a tribute to the Australian spirit of helping each other in a crisis. Dave Mitchell, our Landscape Ecologist sent me this image of an area...