Koala Woman Says
This electorate includes the 2,500 square kilometre Otway Ranges. For years the Victorian Government used the Otway Ranges “Koala over-population problem” as an excuse to avoid greater protection for Victoria’s Koalas – they “had to many”. Now we know that the “problem” is limited to a few hundred hectares where the Victorian Government has culled over 700 Koalas. This is not sustainable management and cannot be used as an excuse against a Koala Protection Act any longer.
Elsewhere in this electorate there are Koalas at Kennett River, Lorne, Airey’s Inlet, and in the Brisbane Ranges near Meredith.
Member for Corangamite
Will she Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 3225 – 5400
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 46.0%
Estimated Federal Government Population: 45,000-70,000
The Victorian Government opposed the protection of the koala and there is no Federal protective legislation in place.