Kevin Evans, Interim President NPA Coffs Coast Branch
The Great Koala National Park has been one of NPA’s priority campaigns for the last 6 years. The idea was born at the Bellingen Environment Centre (BEC) as their logical local response to the Koala Crisis. NPA and BEC stalwart Ashley Love, helped identify 175,000 hectares of State Forest that would be added to existing protected areas in the Coffs Harbour Hinterland to form a new 315,000 Great Koala National Park. At that point these forests were thought to be home for 20% of the NSW Koala population.
Dr Oisín Sweeney
Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW
As the dust settles after the NSW election, NPA is taking stock of what the result means for forests and the Great Koala National Park.
Environment groups have today slammed a new logging industry report claiming dramatic losses of jobs and to the economy from the creation of the Great Koala National Park as baseless scaremongering.
The timber industry’s attempt to scare
the public with claims the Great Koala National Park will harm regional economies seeks
to distract from the logging that is pushing koalas closer to extinction.
New report charts a course to prevent koala extinction in NSW – and identifies the Great Koala National Park a vital step.
The National Parks Association of NSW Inc (NPA) is renewing calls for the creation of the Great Koala National Park—and other new protected areas for koalas—following the release of a new report charting a way forward to protect habitat for koalas in NSW and Queensland.
The Nature Conservation Council and National Parks Association welcome state Labor’s commitment to creating a Great Koala National Park on the north coast.
The Great Koala National Park, if fully implemented as conservationists recommend, would protect 175,000 hectares of publicly owned state forests as National Parks, and boost public access and recreation on the north coast. Today Labor have committed to the establishment of the Great Koala National Park but have omitted detail about its exact location and size.