Monday, 8 March 2021

These Might be the Only Koalas in NSW

One might have assumed, after the death and destruction of wildlife caused the Australian wildfires, politicians would have been keen to increase environmental protections for symbolic animal species. It's not the case. Most rural land (that used for farming or forestry) has been exempted from new New South Wales Coalition planning rules for protecting Koala habitat (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/mar/08/most-rural-land-exempt-from-new-nsw-coalition-rules-to-protect-koala-habitat). The Australian Nature Conservation Council point out that, rural land in NSW, is where most Koalas live. It's also where most habitat destruction for these Eucalyptus-eating marsupials, is taking place. The rules for rural land are 'yet to be announced' but I wouldn't hold your breath! Perhaps the Koala will go the way of the Thylacine?

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