Koala Woman Says
There are over 1100 post-2010 records in this mid-north coast electorate, it is certainly one of the most important Koala populations in NSW. These Koalas aren’t increasing in number, they are being dispersed by logging. There are 300 records alone in and near Pine Creek State Forest, long considered to be the most crucial Koala population on the mid-north coast. When you add Pacific Highway upgrades and housing development to the equation the prospects for Koalas aren’t good even if local Management Plans are introduced. They haven’t worked anywhere else and it would be a miracle if one worked here. Trouble is, by the time we find out it will be too late.
This electorate now includes Port Macquarie with a few hundred Koalas and the home of the famous koala hospital which recently celebrated 40 years of operation. There are smaller populations in the Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads areas and near Kempsey, and others in the hinterland at Lowanna, Eungai Creek, Girralong and Brierfield.
Member for Cowper
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 2300-2800
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 63.5%
Estimated Federal Government Population: 1,300-4,500
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)