Koala Woman Says
The city of Adelaide is blessed by a green belt connected to the Adelaide Hills by the Torrens River. This provides a corridor for Koalas so that city workers occasionally see them on their lunchbreak. There could be more Koalas in the city gardens but only if the threats are managed properly.
The good story ends there though: not all Koalas use the river corridor, most Koalas rely on street and residential plantings. Many Koalas are killed by vehicle strike and dogs as they cross suburbia, and there is a high incidence of disease leading to mortality in other Koalas. It is only ongoing dispersal from the Adelaide Hills that maintains this population, in ecological terms this electorate is a “population sink”.
Member for Adelaide
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 100-200
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 0.1%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
The South Australian Government opposed the protection of the koala and there is no Federal protective legislation in place.