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Can we have our cake and eat it, or will offsetting cost our natural heritage?  (Great Koala National Park News)

The NSW government announced prior to the election that it would adopt all the recommendations contained in its recent biodiversity review. It is hard to overstate the magnitude of this: NSW is the most populous state in the country so future pressures on the environment will likely be felt most acutely here. The state also contains globally significant species and ecosystems, including a large part of the ‘Forests of Eastern Australia’1 biodiversity hotspot.

To ensure that we don’t trade development for nature, the drafting and implementation of new biodiversity laws must be done well. The government’s ability to achieve this will determine the fate of the 970 threatened species and 104 threatened ecological communities in NSW.

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Landmark report finds koalas across two-thirds of NSW facing extinction

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) are alarmed at a new report that shows that koalas across two-thirds of the state face extinction from habitat loss and climate change.

The report, written by former Office of Environment and Heritage ecologist, David Paull, indicates that radical measures need to be taken if the fate of the state’s koalas is to be reversed.

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NSW Government grants long-awaited protection for South Coast Forests

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes the creation of new flora reserves between Tathra and Bermagui and the cessation of timber harvesting within the Murrah, Mumbulla, Tanja and southern part of Bermagui State Forests and congratulates the NSW Government on the decision.

“These areas have significant cultural and biological values that have seen strong community actions for decades in the form of logging protests and citizen science monitoring of koala habitats” said David Gallan, President of NPA’s Far South Coast Branch. 

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Conservation groups call for immediate ban on logging of koala habitat in State Forests  (Great Koala National Park News)

Three of the state’s leading forest conservation groups are today calling on the NSW Government to immediately halt logging operations in state native forest compartments known to be, or likely to be, koala habitat.

Analysis of NSW Forestry Corporation harvest plans shows 83 compartments in the 170,000 ha Great Koala National Park proposal area have been listed for logging over the next six to nine months.

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Nationwide call to join November Koala Count to help declining icon

Aussies are being called on to help protect their local koalas by taking part in a national survey of the unique marsupial from 7–22 November.

The annual Koala Count, run by the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) with support from WWF-Australia, employs a free, GPS-enabled smartphone app, NatureMapr, to record sightings. It is the only nationwide survey of the declining species.

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If this is saving koalas, we might as well give up now

September is Save the Koala month. But NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman seems determined to spin the government’s efforts to save koalas without doing anything meaningful says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).

On Friday 25th September, a media release from Mark Speakman’s office outlined the NSW government’s efforts to save our national icon by radio collaring 20 animals to track their movements in the southern highlands.