Koala Woman Says
This population is on its way to extinction. Despite there being a Management Plan in place in Port Stephens, koala numbers continue to decline due to incremental development and increased road traffic, and when you get the odd bushfire (1994, 2004 and 2013) uncontrolled dogs can wreak havoc on any Koalas that survive. Now there are a couple of proposals to reintroduce sand-mining. This is the death of a thousand cuts writ large, and the EPBC Act does nothing to help these Koalas.
This electorate also includes part of another iconic population, in the east of the Port Stephens Local Government Area near Nelson Bay. Despite there being a Management Plan in place, koala numbers continue to decline due to incremental development. It is only developments larger than two hectares which require Referral to the Federal Government under the EPBC Act, and most developments are smaller than this. There is no way that cumulative development can be considered – the death of a thousand cuts. Again. Community dedication has brought the koala population back from the brink of extinction, but eternal vigilance by community dedication doesn’t have the power a Koala Protection Act will.
Member for Paterson
Will she Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 200-300
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 34.6%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)