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An important message from our CEO Deborah Tabart OAM Hi Koala lovers! 2016 is an Australian election year and the AKF will continue to encourage Australian federal political leaders to support the protection of the Koala via a Koala Protection Act (KPA). I know that all of you who read this want the Koala protected and more importantly I know that most of the world would do anything to help the...
CEO Deborah Tabart OAM was featured in the Lorne Independent newsletter this week. Koalas: Towards an Australia-wide act that protect both Koalas and the trees that give them sustenance. The chief executive officer of the Australian Koala Foundation recently visited the Surf Coast, intent to further her organisation’s primary aim – to gain formal protection of the animals through a single...
Listen to Deborah Tabart OAM being interviewed on ABC PM program. http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4410337.htm Conservation groups are dismayed about a court ruling which could see 262 koalas moved from their natural habitat. The case centres on the Shenhua Watermark coal mine in northern New South Wales. An environmental group brought a legal challenge arguing that the state's planning...
CEO Deborah Tabart on the Channel 7 News speaking on the loss of Koala habitat. Watch the entire news story here.
AKF Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Tabart OAM was interviewed for Channel 7 News this morning on the topic of land clearing and the loss of national threatened species habitat.
AKF Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Tabart OAM was interviewed for ABC Radio's World Today program this morning. The topic was the Koalas that have recently been moved from Cape Otway to a forest near Lorne. You can listen to the interview, titled 'Koala Management Plan criticised by conservationists', here. It was wonderful to have journalists take a different route on this issue, as 'these...
By Dr Douglas Kerlin - AKF Chief Ecologist The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is expecting to see a draft of the Koala Recovery Plan released just as Australia shuts down for Christmas. Created under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EBPC) Act following the listing of a threatened species, Recovery Plans “ set out the research and management actions necessary to stop...
Piece by Dr Douglas Kerlin - AKF Chief Ecologist I’m not holding out much hope for meaningful action from the Paris climate change talks. I was in Copenhagen in 2009. Don’t get me wrong. There were plenty of tremendous people there, saying and doing tremendous things, working to try and protect the future of the planet, but did anyone listen to them? Most of the decisions had already been made...
The Federal Government had no credible science to support a sudden increase in their Victorian Koala population estimate in 2011, while considering whether to protect the species nation-wide. To be eligible for a Vulnerable listing under the federal laws, specifically the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, Koalas had to have undergone a 30 per cent decline in numbers...
Koala Stories by Deborah Tabart. Ill. Suzi Eszterhas. Published by Ghost Cat, October 2015. Reviewed by Elaine Harris When I arrived in Australia as a migrant bride, I was hungry for information about native wildlife. Having fallen in love with the call of the bellbirds a year earlier while on holiday, not to mention cuddling a baby wombat at a Phillip Island sanctuary, I wanted to know more. I...