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Koalas decline to extinction is feared by concerned residents

Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 14:20

koala_action_smThe article by Brian Williams in the Courier Mail for 29 May 2009 is sobering reading. It also provides an opportunity for any concerned resident to comment with information of their own experiences.

Click on the following text to make your observations or comment. Have your say: Have you noticed a decline in koala numbers? 

Call to list koalas as vulnerable relates the plight of the iconic koala whose habitat has been eroded by clearing for development.

Read the article, submit your comment and please consider sending a letter to Sustainability Minister Kate Jones, Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

CONSERVATIONISTS have applied for southeast Queensland koalas to be listed as vulnerable.

If listed under federal laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act will kick in, forcing anyone clearing land in koala habitat to ensure it does not affect the animal's prospects for survival. The report just released by Sustainability Minister Kate Jones last week confirmed that koala numbers had declined by 64 per cent in the past decade.


The Australian Koala Foundation has prepared letter for you to send to The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP and Queensland's premier Anna Bligh. The text of the letter is as follows:

Dear Minister Garrett and Premier Bligh,

The Australian Koala Foundation's threatened species nomination of the Queensland Koala Coast koala population has been lodged and finally the Queensland Government has released the document which shows the koala population for this region should be listed as Critically Endangered.

You will decide the fate of our Australian icon in this vital region.

The Queensland Government has now proved more than ever that it cannot be trusted to protect these koalas and I understand you have, under Section 517 of the EPBC Act the ability to step in and protect it once you take advice from your scientific committee. Why don't you do that? 

With 1700 endangered and vulnerable species on the Federal Government waiting list and no recovery plans in sight, the protection of koala forests on the east coast of Australia would make your job so much easier. Think of the conservation, social and economic benefits!

Protecting existing trees is what the koalas need.

Mr Garrett, list the Koala Coast koala population as critically endangered and the national population as vulnerable, and finally afford our national icon some meaningful protection from the Federal Government.

Yours sincerely,
A Koala Campaigner

You can email the letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or if you'd prefer you can copy, paste, personalise the letter with your own comments, print, sign & post the letter above to:
The Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP
Australian Labor Party, PO Box 6022
House of Representatives Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600

Please also ask a question and add that you would like a response to your question. A request for information on the release of the National Koala Strategy is also appropriate.

Please also send a copy cc The Australian Koala Foundation This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

koala-decline2010Koalas in parts of Logan City are part of the Koala Coast population and they are under extreme threat of rapid decline to extinction through loss of habitat.

Although the South East Queensland Regional Plan will have some new legislation supposedly meant to 'protect' our koalas, allowing development with provision of offsets is not a sustainable solution - and once the koalas have gone they can not come back.

If you are interested to help save our koalas from extinction please consider taking local action as well. Join a local wildlife conservation group such as Wildlife Logan part of WPSQ, the newly formed PAWs group PROTECT AUSTRALIA'S WILDLIFE ( contact Trixie Benbrook) and or join Logan and Albert Conservation Association.

Contact your local council and councillor to ask them what they are prepared to do to protect the koala's habitat from unsustainable development. We as a society can learn to co-exist with our native fauna - but we will have to rethink the consequences of our actions.

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