Deborah's Diary

Tomorrow at 10.15 a.m. (Wednesday 23 rd May, 2012), Senator Bob Brown and Senator Larissa Waters will announce their intention to table a Koala Protection Bill in the Federal Parliament of Australia. This is the first step towards the Koala’s very own piece of legislation that will be nationwide and designed uniquely for them. This is a huge step and the beginning of either a short or long...
The Australian Koala Foundation has welcomed with caution, the listing of the koala as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act by the Minister today, but is shocked and saddened that the koalas in Victoria have been left unprotected. It is disheartening to read that the Minister has fallen for the old and sad myth that koalas in Victoria have "eaten themselves out of house and home". When the United States...
Yesterday was ANZAC Day - a day where we commemorate those who have fallen in war for freedom and the principles that our country holds dear. Interestingly enough last week we found this image of a "pet koala" in Cairo and I found it quite incredible, really, that an Australian First World War soldier (we often call them Diggers) was able to get it there in the first place and secondly keep it...
Last night I spoke in a small community hall in the bush and the subject was “Do Koala Offsets Work?". A koala offset policy is basically this: a developer buys or owns a piece of land that is prime koala habitat and instead of saying OK, this is koala habitat, how can I develop this sensibly and with sensitivity, they are allowed to knock that habitat down and then buy another piece of land...
On the 30 th April, 2012 Minister Burke is due to announce his decision about whether to list the koala and I do not hold out hope that he will give a blanket cover to protect koalas across the entire range. We have seen several letters from Minister Burke and his department indicating that they see the National Koala Conservation Strategy as the way to proceed which would by and large leave...
As I predicted Minister Burke is postponing the decision to list the koala for a further 10 weeks . I’m sure you as global supporters see this as just another obstacle that we must overcome both as koala advocates and as one global community working towards a shared goal. The intentions behind this decision are becoming clearer by the day. We shared a map with you highlighting 6 electoral seats...
D-Day Minus Two I am hearing from journalists that Minister Burke may delay his decision on the koala listing which is due this Friday 17 th February. They say it is because they have too many submissions to read from the Senate Inquiry and need more time. I am afraid I cannot support the logic behind this. All these submissions have been condensed into a 200 page report which clearly shows that...
It is D-DAY, (Decision Day) this Friday 17 th February when Minister Burke is supposed to decide on whether to list the koala. Over this last weekend an article appeared in two of our most prestigious (papers) and I think if the decision is to be made in the court of public opinion, then Minister Burke should have a worrisome week. This article clearly articulates that science is failing the...
Happy New Year! I am glad to be back, and at the moment the team and I are planning for a great year of achievements for our organisation so that we remain strong and clear for the koala. Until we hear about the Minister’s decision to list the koala, which he says he will make on 17th February, it is very difficult to plan or strategise about what is needed, other than our constant presence and...
As you read this, I will be winging my way to my family in the United States to have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I am so looking forward to a break after a long koala year. The AKF is proud of what we have achieved this year and, as I leave, we have gathered a new and innovative team for the road ahead. They are savvy, smart and wanting to help the koala. They are learning from us elders...