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YOUR SAY: Redlands' rapid decline in Koala numbers

Updated April 11 2022 - 5:30am, first published April 9 2022 - 10:00pm
Redlands' rapid decline in koala numbers

Koala numbers

It made me cry seeing a photo of a koala with joey clinging to her back in Redland City Bulletin (02-23-2022 article by Emily Lowe ). Here are the reasons why. First, let's look at Australian Koala Foundation figures stating there could be as few as 6,455 koalas left across Queensland. We have seen massive land clearance in recent years, particularly in NSW and South East Queensland. Land for housing In Redlands is cleared totally by developers and we know offsets don't work, resulting in displaced koalas dying. Sadly, koalas are now extinct in 47 electorates. Every region across Australia has seen a rapid decline and here in Redlands, there is no provision for koala corridors in Town Plans. This says politicians have no interest in preserving or conserving our fast disappearing koala. For too long, residents have witnessed habitat trees crashing down with koalas still in them, such as the haste to clear the land regarding the Federal government providing $50 million in funding efforts to safeguard koalas across Australia. LNP Bowman candidate Henry Pike has said the funding would go towards koala protection and recovery. "The koala is more than just an important part of our local environment. It's our city's symbol and also represents a huge eco-tourism economic opportunity for our region." Mr Pike also said since the announcement of the Brisbane 2032 Olympics. Koalas would become a tourist drawcard and bring international attention to the Redlands". This came as a shock to Redlanders, who had already been asked to 'have their say ...really?...writing on boards provided over two days on what we, the people, wanted to see on the ex-Commonwealth land. Young and old wrote their wishes. Too few wanted the land, intended for community use, closed off for 2032 Olympic white-water rafting and other facilities decided behind closed doors by politicians. Premier Palasczcuk proudly provided this fact on Channel 9's six o'clock news end of the first day of viewing the site.

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