Senate Inquiry

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MEDIA ALERT: Senate releases findings on koala population
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The Environment and Communications References Committee is due to release the findings and recommendations from its inquiry into the Status, health and sustainability of the koala population tomorrow...

Is the Australian Government prepared to sacrifice northern Koalas for inbred southerners?
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“One could, perhaps cynically, argue that the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) has in effect ruled they are comfortable with the loss of all koalas from Queensland and New South Wales...

Media Alert

The ‘Koala Woman’ visits the Otways before Senate Hearing
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The CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation Deborah Tabart OAM will be in Victoria from Wednesday 27th July, in readiness for the third Senate Inquiry hearing into the status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population...

Research Dollars not a Long Term Solution for Koala Survival
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation is concerned that the official response to the declining population will be to throw funds at research and the development of vaccines while avoiding the crucial action of listing the koala as vulnerable and protecting remaining koala habitat.

Koala Woman Prepared to Appear Before Inquiry in Camera
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), has released her opening statement to Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of the koala, due to start hearing evidence in Brisbane on Tuesday 3rd May...

Koala Woman to Give Evidence at Senate Inquiry
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In the days before the Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of the koala isdue to start hearing evidence in Brisbane on Tuesday 3rd May, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has issued a suite of media releases...

Logging

Regional Forestry Agreements: Far from Eden for Koalas
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Photographs of a koala severed cleanly in half within native forestry area have been included in the Australian Koala Foundation’s submission to the Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of the koala due to start hearing evidence in Brisbane next week...

Development

Saving Koalas Could be as Easy as Checking off a List
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A key recommendation in the AKF’s submission is the instigation of an immediate moratorium on koala trees in each state included in a list of over 50 species provided in the submission.

Koala Beach Should Stand as a Line in the Sand for Developers
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As Australia recovers from its “summer of sorrow”, many questions have been raised about how new development has been allowed to occur in flood prone areas and, particularly, why both history and science was overlooked in planning these communities...

Agriculture

Farmers and Koalas Unite Against Common Threat
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Farmers across Australia fighting to defend their land from developers have found an unlikely ally: the Australian koala...

Mapping

DERM Koala Habitat Mapping Another Ironic Legacy of ‘The Smart State’
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According to the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s (DERM) koala habitat mapping for South East Queensland, undertaken in 2009, has an error so serious that it renders the whole document useless...

Politics

Carbon and Koalas Collide
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Governments have short memories and only plan for the next election cycle. That is ever present as the Australian Government continues to put our natural resources and wildlife at risk, according to the CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), Ms. Deborah Tabart OAM...

Australian Icon: Just a Con
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation says the political and corporate leaders of this nation are paying lip service when they say they understand the iconic status of the Koala and the ‘special’ place it holds in the hearts of Australians...

Who is the Koala’s Custodian?
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A landmark Senate Inquiry may answer the question of koala custodianship could establish who is responsible for the deaths of koalas.

Koalas Need Protection from Cruelty
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According to the CEO Of the Australian Koala Foundation Deborah Tabart OAM koalas are in need of a watchdog that ensures they are not treated cruelly...

Tourism

Tourism Would Miss the Koala
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In wake of Cyclone Yasi and unprecedented floods across Eastern Australia, the tourism industry has learnt how Mother Nature can cause a billion dollar blow to the economy and you have to wonder what would happen to our tourism dollar if the koala – our greatest tourism icon disappeared.

The Koala Internationally

The Koala Calls on U.S. Friends
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), is a proud Australian but, after almost a quarter of a century in the job, she has had cause to lament on more than one occasion that the koala was not native to the United States of America...

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