KOALA WOMAN SAYS
In the east of Tweed Shire Koala numbers have declined to an estimated 130 Koalas suffering continued impacts from dogs, cars and development which will soon include the huge Kings Forest housing project approved by Minister Hunt under the EPBC Act. Elsewhere in the Tweed there are a few Koalas on the slopes of Mount Warning. There are some at Goonengerry which have been excluded from the Lismore Koala Plan and will also miss out when Byron Shire implements its Plan. Why?
All Shires in this region need to work together for a common outcome - more koalas. Koala Plans should be Shire-wide, not just in areas perceived to be capable of housing development.
Completed and ongoing Pacific Highway upgrades are yet another threat, as well as habitat loss there is reduced connection between coastal and hinterland Koalas, reducing genetic diversity and recruitment.
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 300 - 500
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 47.3%
Estimated Federal Government Population: 800-1000
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)
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WILL SHE ACT OR AXE?