Written by Bronte Hearn, edited for online by Keira Wallace
South-east Queensland’s koala population is at risk of becoming extinct due to an increase in danger to koala habitats, according to a new report.
Following a report, led by University of Queensland Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes, the Queensland government will attempt to combat the problem by establishing a diverse panel, ranging from experts in koala population, threat migration and town planning.
Save the Koalas CEO Deborah Tabart is not convinced the government is properly managing the problem.
“I am confident that nothing they will suggest will work, including an expert panel of compliant individuals,” she said.
Ms Tabart is lobbying the state government for a moratorium.
“I have written to Premier Palaszczuk asking her for a moratorium on all koala habitat clearing and I have also asked her to put a stop on every development application that is currently pending in all councils,” she said.
Ms Tabart said the threat to the koala lies within the Queensland development industry. Environment Minister, Steven Miles, also agrees saying current urban development is not compatible with sustaining koala population.
“Despite massive efforts by our government we need to find new ways to protect koala population,” he said.
The UniQuest report by Professor Rhodes, said the government needs to look ahead.
“I think we need to look for solutions, and what we need to do is think about what are the policy and planning and management responses we can do to recover the population,” he said.
Professor Rhodes, however, remains optimistic saying it is never too late to save Queensland koalas.