NSW Greens MP, Dawn Walker has lashed out at the NSW Government’s failure to deliver a state-wide Koala Strategy in State Parliament this week.
“The Berejiklian Government has created a koala crisis across NSW as a result of their rampart logging and land clearing agenda. They have promised to develop a whole-of-Government Koala Strategy, but twelve months after public submissions closed, they have still produced nothing” said Dawn Walker.
“Koala populations in NSW are under increasing pressure and have crashed by an estimated 26% over the past 15 to 20 years with their best habitat targeted for intensive logging, clearing and development. Without active intervention by this Government, this level of decline will continue with some predicting wild koalas will go extinct by 2040.
“The NSW Environment Minister is missing in action and appears either incompetent or grossly-negligent when it comes to protecting NSW’s precious koalas.
“The State Government must immediately make public the submissions that were received during the consultation period for their Koala Strategy and explain why there has been this unacceptable delay in delivering their Koala Strategy.
“While the Liberal-National Government continue to sit on their hands, the Greens will keep advocating for better protections for NSW’s wild koalas, including for the immediate creation of a Great Koala National Park that would protect core koala habitat from logging on the Mid North Coast.
“We must ensure that wild koalas in NSW don’t go the way of the Tasmanian Tiger and become extinct” said Dawn Walker MP.
Submissions for the NSW Koala Strategy closed on 3 March 2017. Despite this, the NSW Koala Strategy has not been released by this Government nor have submissions been made public.