Simple things we can all do include
- Sign petitions for change
Send letters to the world's decision makers
Rally together to support campaigns
Pledge to live lightly on the planet
Spread the message of habitat protection
Email a letter to the Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP now! AKF have made it very easy for us. Go to this page now and two clicks can have a Koala Campaigner letter on its way.
The Hon Peter Garrett, MP has responded to the request to review the 1998 National Koala Conservation Strategy. Submissions for comment on this strategy closed COB Friday 25 July 2008 - an all too short time frame and not widely communicated opportunity for general community comment. Read this page for more information.
The submission from Logan and Albert Conservation Association can be read here. nationalkoalaconservationstrategy_comment.doc
Although the animal the koala is protected by legislation in all States and Territories in which it occurs - its habitat and food source is not. On a national basis the koala is not yet threatened with extinction, however, there is no doubt that it is declining and NOW is the time to act, to ensure that this does not happen.
Brisbane City Council has now joined forces with Redlands and Logan councils to collectively manage a strip of land running along Redland Bay, Mt Cotton and Chandler, which is known as the "Koala Coast".
The area is home to about 11 per cent of the state's entire koala population, which used to number around 6,000but is now tipped to be as low as 4,600. Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the Koala Coast's size made collaborative action between the councils crucial. The decline has occurred even in supposedly protected areas.
Poor planning and poor road design, for example, placing new roads too close to koala habitat without exclusion fencing is still happening. This is totally unacceptable to those concerned with long-term survival of our native species.
Guidelines may be sufficient when outcomes are not crucial. Survival or extinction however is crucial and requires more than guidelines.