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Act now to stop Queensland Government Narangba koala final solution

The Queensland government plans to move koalas from a site earmarked for residential development. To where in South East Queensland, with ever more of its bushland being bulldozed by the Labor Government's developer benefactors and how the koalas can be expected to survive, let alone thrive, is unclear. We include an email from a save our Koalas. (We think http://www.savethekoala.com. The e-mail address is saveourkoalas [AT] gmail -dot- com)

Subject: Koala Habitat Hijacked for Development - Urgent Action Needed

Hello,

The Qld government has revealed that they plan to translocate a number of Koalas from a site earmarked for development of 600 residential blocks at Narangba near the Sunshine Coast in the very near future. It is apparent that the Queensland Government do not have robust policies in place to protect either the Koala or it's habitat. They plan to move the animals and would prefer that they suffer due to stress and starvation rather than implement the appropriate policies to ensure their survival.

This practice is unacceptable and sets a very dangerous precedence. We simply cannot allow the government to think that relocation takes precedence over necessary policy to protect our native wildlife.

We urge you to contact the Premier premiers [ AT ] ministerial.qld.gov.au and the Qld Sustainability Minister sustainability [ AT ] ministerial.qld.gov.au demanding that they stop this practice and get serious about protecting the Koala in South East Queensland.

Please do this today, we're running out of time.

Thank you

Save Our Koalas Rally Organisers

Editorial comment: Please also send us a copy of any e-mails sent and any responses, so that we can share them with our readers.

See also: www.savethekoala.com, Conservationist says Narangba koala relocation a death warrant ("Anger at koala 'final solution'" in printed version) by Brian Williams in the Courier-Mail of 19 Feb 10.

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Dear Premier and Ministers of Queensland,

The Qld government has revealed a plan to translocate a number of Koalas from a site earmarked for development of 600 residential blocks at Narangba near the Sunshine Coast in the very near future. Due to an unhealthy relationship between developers and State governments, human population growth is being given priority over indigenous and suffering koalas, a flagship species recognised world wide.

Koala numbers are reported to be plummeting in South East Queensland and NSW. We are already famous wildlife exterminators, and the "prosperity" from population growth means that habitat is being lost under a flawed and destructive economic model.

It is apparent that the Queensland Government do not have robust policies in place to protect either the Koala or its habitat. You plan to move the animals and would prefer that they suffer due to stress and starvation rather than implement the appropriate policies to ensure their survival. Our native animals are some of the most stress-prone in the world. Why are they being moved like criminals, ferals or aliens? They should be listed as "endangered" and tightly protected!

Please stop this development-crazed phenomenon - it is all about greed and is impoverishing our country and destroying what makes our land unique and wonderful. We do not need more people in SE Queensland, or Australia. It is wrecking remnant vegetation and wildlife habitat.

Koalas are in trouble and are being devalued. They are the original and legitimate occupants of this area, and ecology, evolution and history confirms this.

Vivienne Ortega, on behalf of AWPC