Debbie Pointing, President of the Koala Action Group based in the Redlands, has submitted this post which contrasts the status of koala at the G20 Leaders’ summit with their standing in the Redlands.
Give koalas a fair go
At the G20 meetings in Brisbane Government and tourist promotion groups happily promoted the koala as the iconic Australian animal. But governments have shied away from hard work at the grassroots level.
There won’t be any koalas to show off to world leaders in the future or to Barack Obama’s daughters if we don’t make an effort to preserve the koala habitat we have left..
In the Redlands, we have consistently shown that we do not value our koalas as much as the rest of the world does.
A housing development in Wellington Street Ormiston is an example and a case in point.
If we tried a little harder there, and worked out how to save the existing trees and fit them into the housing development, we might be able to say we were valuing koalas.
But we knock down the trees, plant three times as many then wait 10 years for them to be a viable food source and expect the animals to survive.
That is a cop out. If we maintain this type of decision making there will not be any suburban koalas left.
Just like overseas visitors, we will soon have to go to zoos to see a koala if we don’t act now to keep our city koala friendly.
Governments need to stop living off koala media opportunity and make sure koala habitat gets a fair go at the local level.
The Redland City Council could start by improving local laws to protect koala habitat trees. Council should also include koala conservation objectives in the new planning scheme known as City Plan 2015.
Post by Debbie Pointing
President of the Koala Action Group