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Time for reality check for koalas - not just rhetoric

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koalaD.PayneAlthough Queensland government will say it is taking adequate measures to protect and ensure the survival of koalas in South East Queensland concerned Redlands council and residents are questioning the validity of those measures and have a petition - endorsed by State MP Michael Choi (as the process requires) which now appears on the government website. All residents of Queensland are able to support the petition to take steps to prevent koala extinction in South East Queensland.

Koalas have been disappearing from the Redlands Koala Coast area at the rate of 1000 per year and only about 2400 koalas remain. Council, the community and the state government need to work together to stop the inevitable extinction if current land clearing practices continue.

The petition asks parliament to

  • Stop the removal of the koala trees;
  •  Stop koalas being killed on roads and railway lines;
  •  Stop dog attacks;
  •  Stop urbanisation from destroying koala habitat; and
  •  Start using legislation and money to make these essential survival mechanisms happen.

The petition is available here and closes 30 July 2009.

 

What Will You Do to Save the Koala in South-East Queensland?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala_action_smWhen your children ask you,

‘What did you do to save the koala?' What will you say?

The koala is likely to become extinct in South-East Queensland unless the State government and local authorities act now.

A major cause of this devastating slide to extinction is avoidable loss of habitat: lost to

  • construction of roads,
  • power line infrastructure,
  • housing estates and
  • new school.

The Queensland Government has the power to make the decisions that will stop this loss.

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National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala-decline2010IMPORTANT ACTION TO HELP KOALAS IN SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND especially the Koala Coast koalas in Redlands and Logan.

The advertisement below appeared in The Australian, Courier Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Age and the Adelaide Advertiser last Saturday 6 June 2009.

Public comment invited

Submissions close COB Wednesday 5 August 2009
National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy
People interested in the management of koalas or koala habitats are invited to have their say on the draft National Koala Conservation and Management Strategy 2009-2014.

The strategy will outline the actions required over the next five years to conserve koalas and their habitat.
Information gathered through the public comment period will be used to make further updates.
The national strategy is being developed jointly by the Commonwealth, states and territories through the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council.

More information and a copy of the draft strategy can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/koala-strategy

The koala is an important part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage. The koala is suffering declines in some parts of Australia and according to the federal government website ,management issues vary significantly from region to region. There is a clear need for a strategic approach to the conservation and management of koalas to maximise the effectiveness of conservation efforts. Koala Coast koalas are experiencing such severe threats to their survival their very continuing existance is of major concern. If current popoualion decline continues, the iconic koala in the bush will be extinct in areas of South East Queensland - from their supposed core habitat areas.

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Koalas decline to extinction is feared by concerned residents

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

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.

 

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Koala Coast numbers plummet in just two years

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koalasign_akfThe latest report from the EPA and Courier Mail today on the 50% decline in Koala Coast koalas in the last 3 years is sobering news. The koala coast region includes the Redlands Council, east side of Logan Council and Brisbane City council. The koala population in the Koala Coast has been identified as genetically different to koalas in other parts of SE Qld which makes them even more important to protect for biodiversity values.  

The Koala Coast area has had regions "protected" for the longest period of time as koala conservation areas and koala sustainability areas as part of the koala mapping that state government (EPA) has conducted in the past. The koalas of the "new Logan" Council area and Scenic Rim have not yet been mapped . Our koalas would certainly be in a worse position.    

It is also important to note that the koala mapping conducted in Moreton Regional Council also confirmed that their Koala population had also declined. This news as reported on line in the Courier Mail is available here.

The Environment and Protection Agency EPA - Queensland government department - has published the findings and report from GHD on its www.epa.qld.gov.au  page here. 

The latest EPA report concerning the decline of the Koala Coast koalas has be provided for us.

You can access the document here. Decline_of_the_Koala_Coast_Koala_Population_Population_Status_in_2008.pdf 301.46 Kb 24/05/2009, 14:32

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Koala submission SEQRP by BREC

Last Updated on 12 March 2012
 

Logan Escarpment extends Cornubia Forest Park

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

sgbbsmall.jpg Logan Escarpment is home not only to koalas but also to a range of native species such as the powerful owl, squirrel and greater gliders, swamp wallaby and the endangered Sword-grass brown butterfly.

By expanding the network of reserves in this area, Logan Escarpment will enhance the connectivity between the Venman Bushland National Park, Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Neville Lawrie Reserve. This whole of landscape conservation network is essential to help our plants and animals deal with the pressures they face especially habitat loss and climate change.

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What future for koalas in south east Queensland? Some UQ research.

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

franks-crystal-ball.jpgKoala campaigners are talking about the probable acceptance by federal government of the Australian Koala Foundation's (the AKFs) Nomination for the Koala Coast Koalas to be federally listed as endangered - with gazettal taking until September. However sobering research which some local councils are relucant to accept indicate that the tipping point has already been reached. The koalas in the Koala Coast area are genetically different and unique and their numbers are now below what ecologists believe is a sustainable population.

The urban Koala Matrix and the need to revegetate Good Quality Agricultural Land are vital components of the jigsaw to protect habitat for koalas. Koalas are disappearing out of Tanah Merah, Cornubia and Koala Coast Perimeters.

Included here is a copy of the powerpoint presentation delivered by Professor Frank Carrick from Queensland University koala research unit recently.  koalas_franksmall1.pdf 545.17 Kb 13/04/2009, 12:26

If you'd like more information about Koala Population crash, Koala Taskforce Report or BREC KOALA SUBMISSION for the Regional Plan contact Ted Fensom.

More information about QU koala research team is available here.

Queensland State Government Koala task force meets 17th April 2009

What can we do?

  • Contact our local, state and federal politicans to convey our concern. Phone, write, email.
  • Reduce our own ecological footprint. AKF has a great summary of ideas to look after our planet here.
  • Support wildlife carers and hospitals, See AKF FOR SOME LINKS.
  • MAKE A SUBMISSION TO SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGIONAL PLAN - until 1 May 2009
 

MISSING – Urban Koala Media Release AKF

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

missingkoala.jpgUban is lost. When his carer went to feed him he had left his tree. His moving was partially captured on video camera. Go to Australian Koala Foundation website here to see if you can help track him down.

NO TREE NO ME - unless Urban is in care and foster carers attend to his needs on a regular basis.

CAN YOU PLEASE HELP FIND URBAN - who symbolizes the plight of all koalas in South East Queensland.

 

Draft South East Queensland Regional Plan submission one  is opportunity for we who care to help protect koala habitat! Closing date is 3 April 2009.


 

Queensland Government ‘Slap-dash’ Koala Mapping

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

babe2.jpgThe Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has warned the Queensland Government's new koala habitat mapping project will expose the South East Queensland koala population to extinction.

AKF CEO Deborah Tabart  said the Queensland Government recently employed engineering consultants to undertake ‘extensive' mapping of koala habitat in South East Queensland; mapping intended to assist in the species' protection. The project, worth nearly one million dollars did not go to tender, even though other consultants could have competed for the work.

"Sadly, the methodology is significantly flawed and will leave surviving koalas and habitat without any protection in this fast-growing region," Ms Tabart said.

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