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May 2016 Koala Protection Act sent to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
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The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale today to request their support for a Koala Protection Act.
 
November 2015 Snuggle up with 'Koala Stories' this Christmas
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The Koala Woman, or Deborah Tabart OAM if you're going by her real name, has shared her warm-hearted tales in her first book titled Koala Stories released this week.
October 2015 93,000 mistakes: Government continues to fail Cape Otway Koalas
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The Victorian Government has planted 93,000 trees of the wrong species in an ill-informed attempt to protect the starving Koala population of Cape Otway, and to cover up a secret culling of our native icon, according to the Australian Koala Foundation.
September 2015

AKF calling for oversight of new Koala cull
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T
he AKF is calling on the Victorian Government for increased oversight of the further Koala culls proposed for next in the Cape Otway region.

August 2015

AKF: Shocking figures reveal devastating impact of Koala fur trade
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Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) reserach has revealed at least 8 million Koala were killed for the fur trade, with their pelts shipped to London, United States and Canada between 1888 and 1927.

Experts call on politicians to step up and protect Koalas
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Can you imagine an Australia without Koalas? That is the image Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is warning 128 Federal politicians about in a letter, outlining the dire state of our Koala populations.

 

Save The Koala Month is coming, are you ready?
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Koalas – our cute, furry Australian icons – are constantly in the public eye, here and overseas.

July 2015

Poor mapping allows projects to slip through NSW approvals process
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The New South Wales State Government cannot make informed decisions on projects that impact the environment, including the Shenhua mine, because the State’s vegetation mapping is totally inadequate.

 

May 2015

Vulnerable Koala Listing in Queensland a Political Stunt
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The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has today labelled the Queensland Government’s recent decision to list the Koala as a vulnerable species under the Nature Conservation Act a political stunt.
 

Koala Culling - Australian Koala Foundation's Stance
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The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is condemning the Victorian Government’s announcement that further Koala culls may be imminent in the Cape Otway region in Victoria
 

April 2015

Noosa Council Urged to Listen to Expert Koala Advice
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The AKF has offered their expertise to Noosa Council, on the back of the announcement that the Council is gathering information to develop its Koala Management Policy.

March 2015

AKF Holds Secret Two-Day Briefing for Koala Protection Act
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The Australian Koala Foundation is hosting a confidential two-day briefing for national Koala groups, as a launch of their campaign to enact a Koala Protection Act.

January 2015

'Canberra Fiddles While Fires Burn' - AKF
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Like many seeing the fires rage in South Australia, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is deeply concerned about the fate of Koalas.

November 2014

Obama Called On to Help Save The Koala
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At the recent G20 Summit in Brisbane, the world’s leaders were all smiles as they had the opportunity to cuddle and take pictures with our national icon, the Koala. Now, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is calling on US President Barack Obama to help save them.

September 2014

There's Still Time to Save the Koala in September
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September is Save the Koala Month; the annual fundraising and awareness campaign from the Australian Koala Foundation, with Save the Koala Day on September 26th.

August 2014

Save The Koala in September
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September is Save the Koala Month; the annual fundraising and awareness campaign from the Australian Koala Foundation.

June 2014

AKF issues warning on the Watermark Coal Project in Gunnedah NSW
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The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has today lodged a submission with the Planning Assessment Commission currently reviewing the Watermark Coal Project for the New South Wales Government, warning of our concerns with the project.

PLEASE NOTE: From 2011 (Senate Inquiry), 2012 (Koala listing) & 2013, Deborah communicated with the press via her Diary.
March 2012

Koala Woman: speaks at International Womens Day Event
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation spoke today at the Friends of Ipswich Library Service about inspiring others to make improvements within their own communities.

November 2011

Koala Woman: networking with the best
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation, will be speaking at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Queensland’s Networking with the best function on Wednesday 30th November...

November 2011

Koala Woman: Can you be cruel to be kind?
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) will be her usual frank self when dealing with the issue of wild dogs at the upcoming Communities and Wildlife Management Conference...

November 2011

*** INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY*** Prue Acton: leave the land in a better state than we found it
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Iconic Australian fashion designer and activist Prue Acton OBE is in Queensland to help the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) highlight the threat posed by mining to both farmland and koalas...

November 2011

*** MEDIA ALERT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY*** St George Girls High School meet their adopted Koala
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As part of their Green Day activities the year sevens will get to meet Rose from Featherdale Wildlife Park, the koala St George Girls High School sponsor through the Australian Koala Foundation’s (AKF) Adopt-a-Koala program...

November 2011

Green Day to Help Save Koalas
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St George Girls High School is helping save koalas by raising much needed awareness and funds during their Green Day on Wednesday, 16th November...

November 2011

Prue and Pia Help Celebrate 50 Years of Frocks and Friendship
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If you are still coveting a Prue Acton original in the back of your closet November is the time pull it out of the plastic and catch the bus to Goombungee to celebrate “Forging Friendships with Food and Frocks”, an event hosted by the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF)...

October 2011

Koala Woman calls for Minister Burke to take action
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In a letter to Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke, Deborah Tabart OAM has called for Mr Burke to take urgent action on the recommendations of the Final Report from the Senate Inquiry into the status of Australia’s koala population...

October 2011

MEDIA CALL: 12 Noon 04 October 2011 - Deborah Tabart OAM to talk about Senate Inquiry
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Following the release of the Senate Inquiry report into the status of Australia's koala population Deborah Tabart OAM has taken some time away from the office to tend to the Australian Koala Foundation’s (AKF) sustainable property Quinlans on the Sunshine Coast...

September 2011

Adopt-A-Koala for Save the Koala Day
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Friday 30th September is Save the Koala Day and the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is asking everyone to celebrate and help save the koala by adopting their very own...

September 2011

MEDIA ALERT: Senate releases findings on koala population
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The Environment and Communications References Committee is due to release the findings and recommendations from its inquiry into the Status, health and sustainability of the koala population tomorrow...

September 2011

Maze koalas send ‘cuddles’ to their wild cousins
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September is Save the Koala Month and The Maze Family Fun Park is holding a Cuddles for Koalas event to support the
Australian Koala Foundation (AKF).

September 2011

Is the Australian Government prepared to sacrifice northern Koalas for inbred southerners?
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“One could, perhaps cynically, argue that the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) has in effect ruled they are comfortable with the loss of all koalas from Queensland and New South Wales...

September 2011

Kinross Rd Development has the Potential to Endanger Koalas
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A resident of Redland City has used the Australian Koala Foundation’s KoalaMap to demonstrate to the Queensland Government that a proposed urban development will severely impact on koala habitat...

August 2011

MEDIA CALL: 10:30am 1st September 2011 - Erin McNaught to meet 4 month old Koala Joey Lira
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MTV VJ Erin McNaught will be at Featherdale Wildlife Park on Thursday launching Save the Koala Month...

August 2011

‘SAVE THE KOALA MONTH 2011’
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September is ‘Save the Koala Month’, the annual awareness and fundraising initative of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF)...

July 2011

The ‘Koala Woman’ visits the Otways before Senate Hearing
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The CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation Deborah Tabart OAM will be in Victoria from Wednesday 27th July, in readiness for the third Senate Inquiry hearing into the status, health and sustainability of Australia's koala population...

June 2011

Koala Woman asking the World to Cuddle for Koalas
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Deborah Tabart OAM, the CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) yesterday set Communication Professionals from all around the world a $5 million challenge...

June 2011

MEDIA ALERT: Koala Woman Seeking Supporters in Washington DC
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Deborah Tabart OAM, the CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) is touring the United States asking Americans to help save the koala and will be in Washington DC from 16th - 23rd June...

June 2011

MEDIA ALERT: Koala Woman Coming to San Diego
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) will be in San Diego to receive the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) EXCEL Award and issue a $5 million challenge to IABC members.

June 2011

The Koala Calls on U.S. Friends
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Deborah Tabart OAM, the Koala Woman, has touched down in the United States, seeking support to stop the freefall of Australia’s wild koala population.

June 2011

Media Alert: Erin McNaught ‘Cuddles for Koalas’
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Pictures and footage of Erin McNaught with Sydney Wildlife World’s iconic Australia koalas.
Former Miss Australia Erin McNaught has been announced as the Australian Koala Foundation’s
‘Cuddles for Koalas’ ambassador.

May 2011

Research Dollars not a Long Term Solution for Koala Survival
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation is concerned that the official response to the declining population will be to throw funds at research and the development of vaccines while avoiding the crucial action of listing the koala as vulnerable and protecting remaining koala habitat.

May 2011

Koala Woman Prepared to Appear Before Inquiry in Camera
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), has released her opening statement to Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of the koala, due to start hearing evidence in Brisbane on Tuesday 3rd May...

May 2011

Koala Woman to Give Evidence at Senate Inquiry
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In the days before the Senate Inquiry into the status, health and sustainability of the koala isdue to start hearing evidence in Brisbane on Tuesday 3rd May, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has issued a suite of media releases...

March 2011

INTERACTIVE WEBSITE MAPS OUT KOALAS’ FUTURE
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An innovative new online mapping portal that will mobilise communities to help protect koalas and their habitats was launched today by Esri Australia and the Australia Koala Foundation (AKF)...

March 2011

MEDIA ALERT: New  Koala Maps Are “Dynamite”: Tabart
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The launch of Australian koala foundation’s new koala mapping portal on Thursday could change the influence communities have on their state and local Governments and local authorities....

March 2011

DEBORAH TABART OAM, CEO OF AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION, TO RECEIVE IABC EXCEL AWARD
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Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), has been selected to receive the 2011 Excellence in Communication Leadership (EXCEL) Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)...

March 2011

KOALA WOMAN COMMITTED TO MAPPING
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The CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) Ms. Deborah Tabart OAM will be taking the stage with the Associate Professor Julian Cribb, Professor Paul Martin and Tim Wright as they talk about the serious issues facing Australia and one of our most important food bowls.

SEPT 2010

SEPTEMEBER IS SAVE THE KOALA MONTH
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With wild koala numbers estimated to be less than 80,000 and possibly as low as 43,000 the AKF is asking everybody to help raise awareness of the plight of our much loved, globally famous and rapidly disappearing national icon by taking an active role in Save the Koala Month....

MAY 2010

GARRETT TAKEN TO TASK OVER 'SHOCKING BEHAVIOUR'
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In a letter to Minister for Environment Protection, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has described his move to potentially list the koala as ‘conservation dependant’ rather than ‘vulnerable’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as shocking...
MAY 2010
SOS FOR KOALAS
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On 6th May 2010 Deborah Tabart OAM CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) will be leading a workshop with SOS Liverpool Plains, a collective of women dedicated to the support of the Caroona Coal Action Group...“Protection of the Australian landscape is inextricably linked to koalas, the environment, food production and resource extraction - issues that directly affect every Australian”, Ms Tabart said...
MAR 2010
SE QLD GROWTH SPELLS EXTINCTION FOR KOALAS
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“Koalas will certainly NOT be on the Agenda for the upcoming Growth Summit on the 30th March because the Premier basically wants to ignore the problem”, claims Ms. Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation...
MAR 2010

BLIGH PROTESTETH TOO MUCH!
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Like Hamlet, Premier Bligh is protesting too much about where her political donations will come from. Despite Ms. Bligh ’s claims that she will limit ‘developer’ donations to no more than $1000, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation Ms. Deborah Tabart OAM believes this is not going to stop developers claiming their ‘pound of flesh’ in the form of large tracts of koala habitat...

DEC 2009

KOALA'S ADVICE TO PRIME MINISTER RUDD LIVE FROM COPENHAGEN
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As Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd seeks to negotiate a global agreement between developed and developing nations to tackle climate change, the Australian Koala Foundation wants to remind him to take care of his own backyard before telling other nations how to manage theirs...

DEC 2009

KOALA'S ADVICE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA LIVE FROM COPENHAGEN
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“President Obama, you have the ability to lead the world out of this and yet your forests in Oregon are going down very very fast. “So you can’t tell the Third World ‘don’t do what I’m doing’...

DEC 2009

GIRL GUIDES TAKE NO TREE NO ME TO THE WORLD
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Girl Guides Copenhagen delegate Abyilene McGuire has pledged to take the Foundation’s message of No Tree No Me to the Guide’s 10 million members across the globe. Imagine if these 10 million girls and young women each committed to finding and protecting one tree - that's 10 million trees around the planet...

DEC 2009

AKF RESPONDS TO IUCN RED LISTING KOALA
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In response to the IUCN top 10 Red listing of the koala, the Australian Koala Foundation has urged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to use his international platform at Copenhagen to announce the listing of the koala as an endangered species under the EPBC Act and more importantly its trees...

DEC 2009

KOALA KEY TO HITTING PROPOSED EMISSION-REDUCTION TARGET
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With Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd under immediate pressure to triple Australia's unconditional emissions-reductions target by 2020, the Australian Koala Foundation says achieving this would be as simple as protecting Australia’s koala forests...

DEC 2009

KOALAS TELL COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS
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As the world turns to the United Nations Climate Change Conference for solutions to global warming, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has released groundbreaking research which proves protecting koala trees is an imperative step towards fighting climate change in Australia...

DEC 2009

BACKGROUND - AUSTRALIA'S KOALA WOMAN
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After 22 years fighting for Australia’s endangered koala population, Australian Koala Foundation CEO Deborah Tabart OAM has become one of Australia’s most celebrated and notorious conservationists and at the age of 58 feels like she is only just starting her career....

NOV 2009

EMAIL TRAIL FROM GARRETT'S DEPARTMENT PROVES IT HAS NO KOALA DATA
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As public pressure on Minister Garrett to list the koala as a vulnerable species continues to build, the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) can reveal that an e-mail received from his department states it does not have the science to make an informed decision on the marsupial’s fate...

NOV 2009

KOALAS TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTION TO COPENHAGEN
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Alarming new research estimates it would take trillions of saplings planted across a land mass three times the size of Australia to replace the carbon stored in the koala forests on the east coast of Australia if they were destroyed by fire or deforestation...

NOV 2009

SCIENTISTS URGE KOALA LISTING
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The world’s leading koala experts have agreed the koala population is in trouble and should be listed as vulnerable under the Australian Federal Government’s EPBC Act. As part of a process which could see the species listed as vulnerable by September next year, 20 of Australia’s leading koala scientists met yesterday with the Government’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee head to review the plight of Australia’s koala population...

NOV 2009

DRASTIC DECLINE IN KOALA FIGURES
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“The koalas are missing everywhere we look. The population in New South Wales has absolutely plummeted (5,435-8,800); the Queensland koala population (18,380-35,980) - which was traditionally a stronghold population - is showing a huge decline from irresponsible development; and in the west declines are clearly due to climate change...

OCT 2009

KOALAS TEACH WOMEN CHIEFS ABOUT THE FUTURE
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'Koala Woman' Deborah Tabart OAM is sharing secrets that the 'Buddha of the Bush', the koala, has taught her about a sustainable future...

SEPT 2009

STUDY SHOWS WESTERN QUEENSLAND KOALAS IN STEEP DECLINE
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Preliminary studies in Western Queensland are showing koala numbers have declined since the big drought of 2002-03 according to an Australian Koala Foundation funded study by the University of Queensland....

SEPT 2009

KOALAS ARE MISSING
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Footage from the Australian Koala Foundation will appear in one of the world's most famous environmental art exhibitions when Maya Lin's 'What Is Missing?' debuts at the Cal Academy in San Francisco next Friday...

SEPT 2009

SAM'S SAVIOUR SUPPORTS SAVE THE KOALA MONTH
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Wearing his yellow CFA uniform and hugging an arm load of Dreamworld’s koala joeys, Mr Tree couldn’t believe how appropriate the Save the Koala Month message of ‘No Tree No Me’ suited him...

AUGUST 2009

KOALA EXPERTS TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE
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The Australian Koala Foundation has this week submitted two documents detailing the Federal Government's failure to produce meaningful strategies to adequately protect the koala...

JULY 2009

THREE 'DEBS' UNITE AGAINST DESPERATE KOALA DECLINES
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Three 'Debs' of the koala conservation world are coming together at Lone Pine Sanctuary today to press for urgent and cohesive State and Federal action to protect Southeast Queensland’s Koala Coast koala population...

JULY 2009

MINISTER'S KOALAS GET PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT
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A healthy koala spotted in Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones’ Ashgrove electorate last week was removed under EPA instructions despite the State Government’s refusal to intervene in similar cases occurring regularly throughout the urban landscape...

JULY 2009

AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION NAMED RECIPIENT OF NATURE'S PATH 2009 ENVIROKIDZ GIVING BACK AWARD
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The Australian Koala Foundation has announced it was named a recipient of Nature's Path Organic Foods' 2009 EnviroKidz Giving Back Award...

JULY 2009

KOALA WOMAN IN TOKYO
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The Koala Woman, Deborah Tabart OAM will be visiting Tokyo between the 6th and 10th of July to raise awareness about the plight of koalas...

JUNE 2009

FEDERAL ACTION URGENT FOR CATASTROPHIC KOALA DECLINES
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Garrett to list Southeast Queensland’s Koala Coast koala population as Critically Endangered immediately in light of new information released by the Queensland Government this week detailing catastrophic population declines in the region...

MAY 2009
KOALA EXPERTS MAKE VALUABLE SUBMISSION TO 2009 VICTORIAN BUSHFIRES ROYAL COMMISSION
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Better landuse planning in southern Australia could help koalas and people survive future fires, asserts the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF). This week, scientists from the AKF made a detailed formal submission to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission...     Read the full submission here
MAR 2009
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT WITHHOLDS DOCUMENTS THAT COULD SAVE THE KOALA
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The Australian Koala Foundation has called on Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett to insist that the Queensland Government releases a crucial internal document which could help to protect the Southeast Queensland Koala Coast koala population...
MAR 2009
QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT 'SLAP-DASH' MAPPING SET TO FAIL KOALA
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The Australian Koala Foundation has warned the Queensland Government's new koala habitat mapping project will expose the South East Queensland koala population to extinction...
MAR 2009
SAY SORRY MR GARRETT
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The Australian Koala Foundation was told yesterday that their nomination for the Southeast Queensland koala population as a critically endangered species under Federal Environment laws would not proceed because "the form had not been filled in correctly"...
FEB 2009
LAND MANAGEMENT AND FIRE 'ON OUR WATCH'
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CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation Deborah Tabart OAM has said the current fires in Victoria are yet another symptom of a poorly managed landscape...
DEC 2008
AKF NOMINATES SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND KOALA AS CRITICALLY ENDANGERED :
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The Australian Koala Foundation has nominated the southeast Queensland koala population as critically endangered under Federal legislation ahead of a meeting of Australia's top koala scientists in Canberra this Friday...
NOV 2008
NOW THAT'S A REAL BEAR! :
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That is what “Koala Woman” Deborah Tabart OAM will be saying when she sees her first Polar Bear in the wilds of Canada in November.  Ms Tabart is swapping hemispheres to see how the koala can help save polar bears from the effects of global warming at Polar Bear Point, Churchill from the 12th to 19th November.   ...
NOV 2008
KOALA WOMAN'S CONTRIBUTION CELEBRATED :
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After twenty years as the Koala Woman, Deborah Tabart OAM has been recognised for her long term contributions at the Not-For-Profit CEO Awards last night...
OCT 2008
IUCN KOALA LISTING OUTDATED AND INACCURATE :
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CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation Deborah Tabart OAM has today said the IUCN Red List of threatened animal species excludes the koala because of inaccurate data and the Government entities behind it...
SEP 2008
DREAMWORLD'S KOALA JOEYS OPEN THEIR EYES TO A BIGGER PROBLEM :
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Six of Dreamworld’s cutest joey koalas will open their eyes to a bigger problem this Friday, when they leave mum’s pouch and unite to support Save The Koala Day activities...