Deborah's Diary

Dear Koala Lovers, Nearly 10 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Quinlan donated their property to the AKF for the protection of the Koala and other flora and fauna. This opened up a completely new era for the AKF owning and managing an environmental property. Although we have not sighted a Koala on the property, we have found scratches and scat (the nice word for poo) so we know they are there. We called...
Dear Koala Lovers, Welcome to 2018 and I know it is going to be a great year for the AKF in our endeavours to find the way to enact the Koala Protection Act. Over the summer, I had quite a few weeks off and Mr Darcy and the rest of the troops loved having me around and vice versa. It was great to get away from the madding crowd. In Australia we have the most wonderful national public radio, and...
Hello Koala Lovers, 2017 seems to have gone very fast, and like all Australians I am looking forward to having some time off in our summer so that we can come back refreshed for 2018. In recent weeks, I received a letter from Minister Frydenberg, our federal Environment Minister, saying that by the end of this year, there would be a Draft Koala Recovery Plan document for us to comment on, and at...
I believe this article is a blatant demonstration of why Australia needs a Koala Protection Act. Not only does this reserve protect hundreds of other significant species because of the old growth trees on the site, but it is also the home to Koala. How can this reserve be destroyed when the Koala was protected in May 2012 and we still wait impatiently for a Federal Koala Recovery Plan? The...
Welcome to Save the Koala Month. This month is the time when we all remember how much we love Koalas. In recent days, there has been a lot of media, most of which has been on our Facebook and I was very pleased to see so many of you concerned. Instead of focussing on the problems of the Koala and the many problems they face, the AKF has this year decided to just focus on how much we love the...
Hello Koala Lovers, Over recent weeks I have been writing and meeting with the Queensland Government about the Koala Expert Panel Report which was supposed to be finished in June (now due in August) and of course about my concerns for Koala declines and the loss of habitat. AKF has, for years always tried to get up to date information on the Koalas that have been admitted to the Koala hospital...
Hello Koala Lovers, Just letting you know I am at Quinlans checking on this beautiful place that was bequeathed to the AKF over 7 years ago. We have 70 new trees going into the ground today link to tree planting) and Ian has done a mammoth job clearing lantana near Charlie's Bath which is a beautiful part of the property where major regrow the occurring. More later. Deborah
Hello Koala Lovers, At a recent Board meeting, we all remembered fondly the input of Dr John Woolcock, the founding Research Chairman of the AKF when we started in 1986. Dr John, as he was affectionately known always, and I mean always, would ask rhetorically whenever I presented a problem facing the Koala with the following. “Who is the custodian of the Koala?” I think about this constantly,...
Hello Koala Lovers, Winter is upon us in Australia and this is the time that our office starts to get ready for Save the Koala Month in September. Our theme this year is “Love is in the Air”. September, October and November are breeding seasons for the Koala and sadly many Koalas get hurt traversing landscapes looking for mates. It is also the time when the AKF seeks support from the public...
Dear Koala lovers! With the closing date for submissions for the New South Wales Koala Strategy and the draft of the South-East Queensland Regional Plan both falling on 3rd March, the Australian Koala Foundation has once again written to the relevant Ministers to highlight our major concerns. My letter to the Hon Jacklyn Trad , QLD Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, includes a full...