Deborah's Diary

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...
I am not exactly sure where to start with this diary because in recent times our Federal politicians have just turned our country upside down. Our Prime Minister was replaced overnight and the federal election which was due for 14th September is now up in the air. To be truthful our Parliament is looking more and more like a school yard. So, why is this important for the Koala? Because the AKF is...
Are you recruiting for the Koala Army - nothing is more important right now.
Yesterday, one of our long term supporters Colin popped into the office and talked about many things with me. He is a wise and very curious man and as always I learnt a great deal from him. The one line that resonated with me was that he thinks many of our leaders have the “arrogance of certainty”. I am still percolating on these words and over the coming weeks when I go bush for a little bit of...
Nearly two months since I have written and all I can say right now is that I continue to be dismayed at the lack of commitment by our political leaders about the protection of the environment and all I can say to that is; a Koala Protection Act is essential. And the only way to get that; the Koala Army . Join, it costs nothing and I think you will have fun watching as we proceed to K Day –...
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...