Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Environment, Dr Mehreen Faruqi has backed the proposed Koala National Park in the Coffs Harbour but called for a more holistic approach to protecting koalas across the state.
Greens Forestry Spokesperson, David Shoebridge MLC, has also highlighted Labor’s role in removing koala habitat on the State’s mid north coast through signing wood supply agreements.
Dr Faruqi said:
“The Greens are pleased to see Labor come on board the community and the environment movement’s campaign to protect iconic koala populations in the Coffs Region but we need to see funding and resources committed to ensure conservation is a top priority.
“Labor may be backing a much needed national park in the North, but we need to see a statewide approach as koala populations are under threat across the state from the Tweed to Bega.
“A nationally significant koala population in the Ballina region is currently under threat from a road being built straight through it. This shows we need a much more holistic approach to protecting our iconic species.
“Labor has remained silent on the key reasons why koalas are under threat, such as logging, overdevelopment and a disastrous biodiversity offsets program” she said.
Greens Forestry Spokesperson David Shoebridge MLC said:
“Labor signed the wood supply agreements that have been ravaging the State’s mid-north coast state forests and removing koala habitat. If this is a belated recognition of Labor’s past wrongs on native forest logging then it is well and truly due.
“The industrial scale destruction of forests like Wedding Bells on the mid-north coast is truly heartbreaking, and it has removed thousands of hectares of prime koala habitat.
“If we are going to be serious about protecting koalas then this means putting money up to buy back the unsustainable wood supply agreements and ending industrial logging in Native forests across NSW,” Mr Shoebridge said.