Koala inquiry win for Greens

PLANS for the Senate to investigate threats to koalas across Australia have been welcomed by Tweed Greens Party councillor Katie Milne, who warns the species is doomed in the Tweed unless urgent action is taken.

Australian Greens Party leader Senator Bob Brown last week successfully moved for a Senate inquiry into the threats facing koalas and management of the species across the country

Cr Milne said recent reports indicated “koalas will be doomed in this shire in the very near future unless this council pulls out all stops to legislate and resource protection of the koalas”.

But she warned the council did not have the money, “and so far has been unwilling to go into debt for koalas”.

She said it was “imperative that community and landowners get on board through the Landcare groups to help council restore koala habitat and corridors”.

“Developers must understand they will be held morally accountable by the public if they don't do the right thing and their developments will suffer,” she added.

Senator Brown said the Senate inquiry would “give momentum towards listing the koala as a threatened species and establish better protections for the dwindling areas of koala habitat”.

“Despite its iconic status, we know very little about the threats to Australian koalas,” he said.



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