Deborah's Diary

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...
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...