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Koalas losing homes to new housing - tougher laws needed to avoid koala extinction

27 August, 2008

Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas, is being urged to support tougher laws to protect koalas and their habitat.

Dog restrictions and koala friendly fences have been proposed, but tighter restrictions on development and infrastructure are the real answer, according to EDO Qld.

EDO Principal Solicitor Jo-Anne Bragg says she was delighted to hear Premier Anna Bligh’s commitment that the Queensland Government will act on the koala crisis to avoid extinction of koalas in this region.

Studies by the Redland Shire Council conclude unless further action is taken the population of Koalas in the Koala Coast area will be extinct by 2020 and the rural population effectively extinct by 2043.

Ms Bragg says “the heart of the solution is protecting koala habitat from destruction. We desperately need bans and tight restrictions on development and infrastructure in koala habitat. Dog restrictions and koala friendly fences are important too, but not the heart of the solution.”

The Environmental Defenders Office is a public interest community legal office.

“We have been involved in a number of Court cases where our client’s object was protection of koala habitat” Ms Bragg says.

“Due to weak laws at the time crucial koala habitat was lost.”

EDO has asked to meet with Mr Lucas, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, to discuss their proposals. They are urging local residents to write to the Minister to support tougher laws to protect koalas and their habitat.

Jo-Anne Bragg, Principal Solicitor Environmental Defenders Office Queensland Inc.