Koala Woman Says
I am sure I am going to be given a hard time about these comments and happy to receive praise or criticism but after nearly 30 years, no one has been able to convince me that AKF is not right about this number. It is a small number of koalas given the size of the electorate but most of the better low-land habitat has been cleared for agriculture. It is also the largest wood and pulp production area in Victoria. Because the koala is not listed under Federal laws in Victoria, wood certification companies have no obligation to take into account koala-friendly sustainable logging as part of their accreditation process, and logging companies do not have to meet any sort of sustainable logging prescriptions. South Gippsland includes the Strzelecki Ranges Koalas (probably around 500 animals). This is the only population in Victoria that wasn’t exterminated by the fur trade in the early 20th Century. Remember there were only 1000 animals left after the fur trade.
Elsewhere there are Koalas at Golden Beach, Loch Sport, Raymond Island near Paynesville and the Bruthen-Buchan area. Koalas are occasionally seen at Mallacoota, these are mostly likely to be originally from just over the NSW State border.
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 1,000-1,500 (the only genetically viable animals in Victoria)
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 81.5%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
The Victorian Government opposed the protection of the koala and there is no Federal protective legislation in place.