Koala Woman Says
I am delighted to say that the Government may almost have their figures right in this instance. What a surprise!
Fifty years ago there were many Koalas in this electorate, in an arc stretching from Dignams Creek near Cobargo to the Murrah State Forest near Bermagui, south to Tantawangalo State Forest, and north to Numeralla near Cooma. There were also Koalas in the Forests to the south of Eden.
Koalas are now extinct in the Tantawangalo and south of Eden. There may be about 50 in the Murrah; the Numeralla population appears to be doing OK but we don’t know much about it.
What happened in this electorate? The fur trade in the early 1900s, and millions and millions of trees shipped to Japan as woodchips to make cardboard since 1970, that’s what. “Cheap as chips” has a new meaning when it comes to Koalas in Eden-Monaro. With the recent redistribution this electorate has had a major increase in area – it now includes Tumbarumba, Tumut and Yass but the only additional Koalas are a few near Burrinjuck and Wee Jasper
Member for Eden-Monaro
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 150-200
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 61.6%
Estimated Federal Government Population: 100-360
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)