Help protect Victoria’s koalas
Displaced from their native habitat, koalas in far southwest Victoria have no choice but to move into blue gum plantations, seeking refuge as their surrounding habitat dwindles. But this is no safe haven for koalas.
Ultimately, their homes will be cut down, often with koalas perched asleep in the top branches, camouflaged and hidden from the human eye.
For over four years, we’ve been campaigning for tighter rules that will help to protect koalas from harvesting operations. In January 2017, the Victorian government finally introduced its long-awaited Koala Management regulations.
We now hope that these regulations bring about some improvements, thanks in part because logging companies will now have to produce koala plans and have koala spotters on every logging site.
But while the regulations are well-intentioned, they fall short. Critically, there is one glaring and crucial omission. Nowhere is there any requirement for companies to retain or provide any permanent habitat for these koalas to live in once their trees have been cut down.
Companies must invest some of their huge profits into providing permanent koala habitat and wildlife corridors so that these displaced animals have somewhere to live and somewhere to go.
A quick note to Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio could help protect koalas. We have prepared a template email for you to send. If you prefer, you can personalize this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.
Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio