Great Aussie icon Koala now critically endangered!
Who can believe this news! After the horrific bushfire season we've just experienced, Koala habitat and the Koalas themselves are in dire straits. I'm sure many of you have seen the harrowing news scenes where people have rescued burnt Koalas from the bush. Koala hospitals are over flowing with burnt, starving and injured Koalas. I live in NSW, just west of Coffs Harbour and there is a big push have a designated National Park, called the Great Koala National Park. It will encompass 315,000 hectares all up. At the moment we are lobbying the state government to add 175,000 ha of forestry to the already 140,000 ha of existing national parks, so it all links up to form the first National Park for endangered species, not only Koalas but quolls, gliders, platypus, glossy black cockatoos and others. How awesome would that be, suring up a safe and sustainable environment but imagine the eco- tourism possibilities! Nature based tourism is worth $20 million a year to New South Wales(NSW) Imagine bushwalking/hiking, mountain biking, horse riding in such a park. Unfortunately our state govt doesn't see it that way yet and has just introduced laws for more intensive harvesting in our forests, meaning basically clear felling.
44% of all Koala hubs in NSW are located in the proposed park! I truly hope that in the near future I can report back and inform you that the Great Koala National Park is indeed a reality.