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Tony Burke shows courage in giving NSW and QLD koalas threatened status

Environment Minister Burke has shown more courage than previous environmental ministers, surprising environmentalists.
Koalas in NSW, Queensland and the ACT will be classified as vulnerable under a protected listing by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke. Mr Burke says koala numbers have dropped by 40 per cent in Queensland and by a third in NSW over the past two decades. The koala will be listed as vulnerable on the threatened species list following advice by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. Mr Burke has said developers will have to account for the koala listing when making building applications. Environmentalists say that this also means that issues arising will comes under Federal environmental law now. More needs to be done, however. Teaser by Admin, candobetter.net. Article by Alex Harris of www.koalatracker.com.au

Koalas on the edge of the survival precipice


The conflict between koalas and humans is due to the fact that koalas prefer forests growing in better soils, and most of these forests have been chopped down for agriculture and housing.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that there a possibly as few as 43,000 koalas remaining in Australia.  Koalas are a “vulnerable species” in NSW. 

Threat to Wildlife May Halt South Coast Project

Could Peter Garrett be waking up to the fact that he has an ENVIRONMENT portfolio and FINALLY doing something to protect it? Yea, there is hope! I can't help but wonder if someone threatened to sue him under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 which he is compelled to enforce.

Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald of 25 Feb 09

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