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Koala Leaders Unite for koalas

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In Victoria, Australia, the Koala Leaders Unite rally was held on 18 November at the state Premier’s Office.  

It was held a week before the state election there, and it took place at the then Premier Dan Andrew's office.  It was attended by almost 50 people and the Koala Clancy Foundation  and Ballarat Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation are co-hosted the event in the hope that voters will consider koalas when they vote, and that the public rally will make the next government sit up and take action.

The Koala Leaders Unite rally was held just before the election in Victoria, Australia

The Koala Leaders Unite rally was held just before
the election in Victoria, Australia outside the Premier's office.
Image © Danielle Judd

Koala Leaders gave 6 speeches stories about koala deaths and declines in the region – all driven by state government policies of neglect and contempt.and they included:

The Koala Leaders Unite rally sent a strong message - koala habitat needs urgent protection
The Koala Leaders Unite rally sent a strong message
- koala habitat needs urgent protection
Image © Danielle Judd

Koala Commandments for the next state Premier

Advocates for koalas have compiled urgent demands to save Victorian koalas.  They will be delivered to the next state Premier. 

Here are the Koala Commandments

The Commandments have been signed by a conservation groups

The Koala Commandments have been signed by 16 groups including: 

Koala Clancy Foundation

Ballarat Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation

Friends of Alberton West Forest / Mel & the Menagerie

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Wombat Forestcare

Blessings of the Bush Koala Shelter

Australian Forests & Climate Alliance (AFCA)

Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation

Fair Go For Wildlife Shelter

Reach Out Wildlife Australia

Victorian Forest Alliance

Animalia Wildlife Shelter

Wombat Action Group

Environment East Gippsland 

Southern Koala SKAT Project 

 

Koalas need habitat to survive and thrive - too many have lost their habitats because of bushfires, logging and development
Koalas need habitat to survive and thrive -
too many have lost their habitats
because of bushfires, logging and development
Images ©  Koala Clancy Foundation

For like any species, koalas need habitat to survive and thrive, and nearly 50,000 koalas are about to die in Blue Gum plantations.  State owned logging operations are causing the death of the rare, genetically distinct Strzelecki koalas in the area of South Gippsland.  People are telling the Koala Clancy Foundation that koalas have disappeared.

Coming up to the election...

Despite the deaths of thousands of koalas in bush fires fuelled by climate change, the Dan Andrews government was pushing ahead with plans to drill for gas near the Twelve Apostles.  If this happens, unless koala lovers speak up, the Victorian koalas will soon be endangered.

Koalas need us to stretch out and give our support
Koalas need us to stretch out and give our support
Images ©  Koala Clancy Foundation

The state government hasn’t even updated its Koala Management Strategy since the last one was written in 2004.  The state government says that nearly 50,000 koalas are living in the Blue Gum plantations in south west Victoria – these plantations are all due to be logged.

Where will those koalas go?

What will they eat?

Doesn’t the state government even care?

And if it does say it cares, why is it destroying koala habitat, when it says there are about 50,000 koalas in the area it is going to log?

What will this koala do for somewhere to live now?  What will the koala eat?

Please visit the websites above and see if there is anything you can do to get involved, wherever you are.  Wildlife need us and the more people who join in to help in whatever way they can, the better.

Wildlife need habitat to survive and thrive.



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