Koala Woman Says
This electorate did include Port Macquarie which is now in Cowper. The area is home to one of the largest Koala populations on the north coast of NSW. Also in this electorate is Taree with another large but diminishing population. Smaller populations occur south of Kempsey and at Elands and Gloucester. This electorate now includes most of the Paterson electorate. The iconic Hawk's Nest population may be recovering after being listed as critically endangered but it is a tiny population of only a few dozen at the most. There are numerous sightings north of Bulahdelah but these are in State Forests which are still being logged. A Koala Protection Act will help prevent Koala food trees being cut down.
A Comprehensive Koala Plan has recently been introduced for part of Kempsey Shire, the Taree Plan has languished for 12 years without being adopted, and there is talk of one for Port Macquarie. Why does it take so long? Councils depend on rates: no development, no income. It’s a conflict of interest, and another reason why we need a Koala Protection Act.
Member for Lyne
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 1840-3030
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 54.8%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)