Deborah's Diary

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...
The Koala Protection Act is now written and I have taken advice from my colleagues in the United States and we think it should work to save Koala habitat. Now the hard work begins. More later… Deborah
Our new Government will be sworn in tomorrow and the new Environment Minister will be Mr Greg Hunt. Mr. Hunt is well known to the AKF and as soon as he settles into his chair, we will ask for a meeting with him to discuss Koala conservation federally. Mr. Hunt knows that the AKF is against the powers that protect Koalas being taken away from Canberra and we will fight that vigorously until a...
This weekend Australia goes to a Federal election and I am hoping that many people will think about the Koala on the day . The Koala cannot vote and does not have a voice, but of course we do. I think most Australians are sick of the electioneering and want it over and done with. I feel I fall into that category too. There is no use going over past mistakes about what previous Governments did or...
How many Koalas in any given landscape give the Koala population long term viability? Is it 1000 or 5000 and over what area of landscape? No-one really knows is the answer. Even though the Koala is probably the most researched animal in Australia, we still can’t answer this fundamental question. As we approach the next federal election it is my view that the candidates who win the seats of...
The Prime Minister yesterday called an election for September 7th (K-Day) and this gives all of you ( and the Koala Army ) to voice your opinion on the protection of the Koala. If you go to Act or Axe , you will find the AKF’s scientific assessment of the number of Koalas in each federal electorate, a comment from me and worse still an estimated number from our federal government which basically...
Last night a TV report showed that Koalas are being killed by bulldozers in blue gum plantations . These trees which have been the life blood for Koalas in Victoria over the last 10-15 years are now being felled and as my regular readers will know, we foreshadowed this was happening. It is now out in the open and I must congratulate the carers, the women who spoke out on the show. This can put...