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“State Government now supports Great Koala National Park” – Greens

The NSW Greens believe that the NSW Government recognised this week that the state’s native forests need immediate protection after this summers destructive fires.

The Coffs Coast forests were spared the worst of the bushfire season and are widely recognised as critically important unburnt forests essential for animal populations to recover and to maintain green links.

Photo: Lincoln Head

“Our Coffs Harbour forests are some of the last remaining hot spots for wildlife in NSW. It is fantastic the Government understands our calls for their protection,” said Coffs Harbour Greens Convener Jonathan Cassell.

“Coffs Harbour is one of the few coastal regions that were spared the horror of this year’s fires and the unburnt forests that surround us are recognised as havens for NSW wildlife.

The Greens welcome the Governments support to look seriously at implementing the 42 recommendations of the Parliament Inquiry into koala habitat which included support for a Great Koala National Park.

“The Coffs Coast has some of the highest numbers of koalas in NSW but unfortunately logging, urban development and feral animals are decimating their numbers,” Mr Cassell said.

“This move by the NSW Government to look seriously at protecting scientifically identified koala hot spots is essential to the species survival.

“The proposed Great Koala National Park is a positive plan to make sure our grandkids experience the wonders of the koala and our regions rich biodiversity.

Greens MP Jamie Parker moved the motion in NSW Parliament calling for the Government to take the 42 recommendations from the recent parliamentary inquiry into koalas very seriously.

Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain:

“Land clearing for agriculture, development, mining and forestry is the most serious threat to koala populations in NSW. Our koalas are in the midst of such a catastrophic habitat crisis that they will become extinct before 2050.

“After weeks of negotiations, last week the Lower House voted to support my motion to investigate establishing that park, along with the other 41 recommendations of the recent Inquiry into habitat loss.

“This is a small but significant win that sets us on the path to save this species,” he says.

The above is a Media Release from the NSW Greens – Monday 10 August 2020.

One Comment

  1. The Hon. Gurmesh Singh on ABC Coffs Coast Breakfast Radio on Thursday 13th, stated that the ‘recommendations’ of the Upper House Inquiry into NSW Koala Populations only required ‘noting’, and there was no requirement or agreement by the Government to ‘investigate’.
    Interesting that our State Government representative cannot see a broader vision for our forests, biodiversity, nature tourism potential or employment and training prospects offered by the GKNP Proposal. He obviously hasn’t read the fine print or absorbed the expert submissions which made it quite clear during and since the inquiry that the GKNP Proposal which he wishes to call ‘naive’; is the very strategy required if we are to avoid Koala extinction – at least in this area.

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