Koala Woman Says

Kangaroo Island (part of this electorate) has clouded the conservation of the koala debate for the last twenty years. I visited Kangaroo Island recently and the South Australian Government intends to sterilise them to extinction because they say they were never there in the first place. If they achieve this, then our figure of 2000 animals on the mainland still makes them vulnerable to extinction. The South Australian Government has no research to support the koala being safe on the mainland. The Kangaroo Island population is estimated at 13,000 and they are all genetically identical. With the amount of habitat on the Island we can’t see it being much more than half this figure.

On the mainland this electorate includes the eastern Adelaide Hills which were burnt by a fire in January 2015, killing many Koalas. Vehicle strike, dog attacks and disease are also big problems as they are in other South Australian electorates. What is the disease? It doesn’t seem to be Chlamydia, Koalas treated by vets after the fire didn’t have it. It seems to be kidney disease caused by poor diet and immuno-deficiency. Climate change will only make this worse, perhaps the Government needs to look at planting a wider variety of food trees which will be more resilient to climate change.

There aren’t as many Koalas in the east as there are on the western side of the Hills, but there does seem to be a concentration around Stirling on the Princes Highway. You know the Highway is there because of the road kills.

Member for Mayo

The Hon Rebekha Sharkie MP
Centre Alliance
[email protected]
PO Box 1601 Mt Barker SA 5251

Will she Act or Axe?

Koala Numbers

Estimated AKF Koala Population: 8000-12000

Estimated Koala Habitat left: 21.2%

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.