KOALA WOMAN SAYS
There are a few notable Koala populations in this electorate, especially south of Lismore, at Waterview Heights (just west of Grafton), Kyogle, Wardell and in State Forests in the south of the electorate. Koalas face many threats, in Clouds Creek and Ellis State Forests about 1500 hectares have been logged by clearfelling in the last few years, and logging continues in other Koala forests. We have tried for many years to prevent logging of important Koala food trees, and a Koala Protection Act will finally achieve that.
Lismore’s Koalas are in trouble, in 2013/2014 there were a reported 66 road kills and a further 122 died from disease. Such numbers are not sustainable in the longer term. Recently a much watered-down Koala Management Plan was introduced. Now only three species are listed in the Plan, not the 13 species we know Koalas use in this area.
Another Pacific Highway upgrade, this time at Wardell, will impact yet another critically-important source population of Koalas. The new road will cut straight through this colony, estimated to be 200 strong. It is ironic that this is only a few kilometres from the once-famous but now extinct Tucki Tucki Koala population.
This electorate now includes the Whian-Whian and Rosebank areas (formerly in Richmond) where there is a sizeable population.
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 900 - 1200
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 63.7%
Estimated Federal Government Population: 350-1,300
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)
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