Koala Fair?

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS / OPINION -

GOV­ERN­MENTS and coun­cils are ap­par­ently ham­strung by the seem­ingly ir­re­sistible lure of devel­op­ment at all cost and ap­pear to be do­ing lit­tle to noth­ing to pro­tect koalas from ter­mi­nal de­cline.

This is an ap­palling sit­u­a­tion and it would seem it is up to us, the gen­eral pub­lic, to do some­thing to halt their loom­ing ex­tinc­tion.

It’s sadly pa­thetic that greed rules at the ex­pense of an Aus­tralian icon.

What has the world come to?

The an­swer to sav­ing the koala in Queens­land, and the rest of Aus­tralia, is sim­ple.

Limit (cap) pop­u­la­tion growth now, stop clear­ing koala habi­tat (bush­land), limit and work to re­duce do­mes­tic dog num­bers and ed­u­cate dog own­ers on dog and koala con­flict, re­plant koala habi­tat ar­eas to in­crease any suit­able small ar­eas and to con­nect iso­lated habi­tat “is­lands”, cre­ate safe ac­cess­ways be­tween bush­land ar­eas over roads.

Each koala needs ap­prox­i­mately 10–100ha to roam, feed and breed, free of the stress from cars, dogs and hu­mans, and this is part of the prob­lem.

Do all levels of gov­ern­ment have the in­testi­nal for­ti­tude to im­ple­ment these crit­i­cally ur­gent solutions, or is the koala doomed?

— Mark Jones,

Doo­nan

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