'A local koala population can live alongside the upgrade to the Pacific Highway in northern NSW, the state opposition says.
NSW Labor environment spokeswoman Penny Sharpe says the upgrade near Ballina doesn't need to come at the expense of the local koala population.' (Read the rest of the article here.)
This is nonsense - research clearly shows that within 2kms of a major disturbance (like a road), extinction automatically occurs.
You can read the paper referring to this research here (page 539).