Deborah's Diary

Last week, the Board and I with our team and trusted volunteers went to Quinlans for a 5 day strategic planning time so we can set our course for 2013 and beyond. Our future is very clear – a Koala Protection Act . Each week when I sit down to write my Diary I find that I have so many things that I can say that are just bad news; koala protection legislation being wound back, dishonesty by our...
Welcome back to my Diary and in 2013 we are going to be full steam ahead working towards a Koala Protection Bill and then a Koala Protection Act. In coming weeks the draft document will be in our hands and then it will be time to finesse it as word perfect. It was Australia Day on Saturday 26 th January. This is a day, like 4 th July for Americans where we celebrate what it means to be Australian...
Christmas is nearly upon us and I do hope that you are ordering your gifts from our Catalogue. If you haven’t received one, email us and we can send it out. Since my last Diary a lot has happened, but I suppose mostly importantly what has happened is that I have gained greater and greater clarity on why and how a Koala Protection Bill must be introduced into our Parliaments and better still when...
Hurricane Sandy is still pounding the East Coast of America and Australians are sending prayers and well wishes to those that are suffering at the hands of Mother Nature. Both our continents know the full force of what Nature can throw at our landscapes, and yesterday Matthew sent me the following images of what Hurricane Sandy looks like in relation to 3 other equal events both in Australia and...
One of my routines, here at AKF is to read each and every Koala carers newsletter from around the country. I have done that since day dot – 1st February, 1988. Over those many years I have seen the names and faces of carers change and I am inspired by their work. The good bits are that koalas have been “fixed” and sent back out into the wild. Some of the stories are amazing and without this...
Happy Save the Koala Month to everyone. We hope you are out celebrating how much you love Koalas and in doing so, raise much needed funds for our work. Remember, the AKF never takes any sort of Government grant or funds. Your donations , gives us the power to speak for you and of course the Koala in its habitat. We are also today, launching our National Koala Tree Protection List which identifies...
Over the weekend I spent several hours on the phone to United States attorneys about the Koala Protection Bill. As you know AKF has wanted this for many years and I am now convinced that it is essential. When I met with the lawyers face to face a few weeks ago, we identified some of the potential issues that were not relevant to Australian legal conditions and researchers have now evaluated that...
I am back in Australia and very glad to be home. Sometimes though, looking at things from far away can give you new perspectives and I must confess I have returned home, like all Australians very grateful for the beautiful country we call home and of course to my team and my home. Mr. Darcy was particularly pleased to see me. What we have to remember is that the Koala is now listed as vulnerable...
I am currently attending the IABC Conference in Chicago. You may remember I won the IABC Excel Award last year and this year I had the privilege of handing over the trophy to the next winner – Ms. Irene Lewis from SAIT Polytechnic in Canada. She and I are now the first two women to win this Award. It felt great to be back. IABC are a group of communicators and hanging around with internal and...
I think in years to come, last week will be seen as an historic moment. I went to Canberra to be with Senator Bob Brown (a famous and incredibly respected politician and conservationist) and Senator Larissa Waters, a newly elected Senator to make public their intention to table a Koala Protection Bill into the Parliament in June. This will begin a hopefully short journey towards the enactment of...