JILL ROWLEY: I am aware that in that particular location there was 21 koalas killed. 14 of those I actually personally had to euthanize. On a recent plantation, we got 28 out and that includes some of them were dead and some of them were alive. There was an original estimate from one of the workers there that were probably over 50 in that plantation. We're not sure what's happened to them.
SHANNON MCKAY, WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER, WARRNAMBOOL: I think 24 animals may have come in from this plantation and it was a fairly small one. So looking at the hectares of plantation in Western Victoria and across into South Australia, I think we're facing a crisis with these guys.
TRACEY WILSON: It's a huge issue. That's why Australians should care. There's gonna be a lotta koalas killed.
No-one from industry would be interviewed for this program, leaving that to the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industry.
DEPI said they provide the overall - overarching guidelines about how animals or koalas are suppposed to be handled but no checks are done, leaving it to industry. This is another examlpe of the many where compliance issues are only followed up when a citizen makes a complaint.
Now this is out in the open all of us need to be contacting our politicians to ask for their position on this - and similar - and demand that better protocols are developed and industry adheres to them. Unless WE MAKE A NOISE nothing will change - especially in a climate of wanting to reduce green tape / or red tape.
Another ABC 7.30 report tells of the failure of timber plantations http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3803638.htm...
GREG HOY: With promoters spruiking sky-high returns helped by financial advisors paid secret commissions, 61,000 investors who were called growers were lured into such schemes. The promoters got rich and the trees spread like a virus across the country.
SHANE FOSTER: Trees would be getting planted towards the end of the financial year and knew full well that those seedlings wouldn't survive, but if they didn't put them in the ground before the end of the financial year, they wouldn't be able to obtain the tax breaks.
DAVID MARSHALL, AGRIBUSINESS ANALYST: It was greed and it was naivety driven by totally unscrupulous people....
Unless the Federal Government actually learns something from it, nothing's been gained.