Skip navigation

Premier must Intervene and Protect Threatened Species Habitat after Fires

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
13 February 2020

The NSW Premier must urgently intervene to ensure remaining threatened species habitat in the state is protected after a list of threatened species at risk of extinction after the fires, including the koala, was released by the Federal Government, says Greens MP and Environment and Wildlife spokesperson Cate Faehrmann. 

 

The report from the federal government states that two priority actions should be urgently carried out: 1) Rapid on-ground surveys to establish the extent of population loss and provide a baseline for ongoing monitoring. 2) Protecting unburnt areas within or adjacent to recently burnt ground that provides refuge, as well as unburnt areas that are not adjacent to burnt areas, especially from extensive, intense fire.

“One of the key recommendations from this expert report by the Federal Government is to urgently protect unburnt areas for refuge for threatened species. That Premier needs to urgently intervene and pull out all stops to protect remaining threatened species habitat,” said Cate.

“We’ve lost at least 8,000 of koalas in these bushfires, yet their habitat continues to be logged in many parts of NSW. State-owned forests on the mid-north coast contain almost half of all the high-quality koala habitat where intensive logging and clear-felling operations are due to occur.

“The Premier must take over from the Deputy Premier and instruct all logging contracts to be bought out along with a transition plan for forestry workers. This must include creating a Great Koala National Park on the mid-north coast which has seen 85% of koalas from bushfires in Port Macquarie.

“We’ve also seen threatened species habitat on private land decimated since the loosening of environmental protection laws. More than 5,000 hectares of koala habitat was bulldozed in the NSW districts of Moree and Collarenebri in one year alone shortly after the laws were changed. 

“This report must be the catalyst to create 21st-century environmental laws which incentivise landholders and communities to protect forests and threatened species habitat on private land. It’s now or never for our threatened species,” said Cate.

 

Contact: Jacob - 0428 837 292

profile image
Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
13 February 2020
SHARE:

THE LATEST NEWS

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW Government Oversight of Kangaroo Industry Lacks Transparency, Monitoring and Compliance Parliamentary Inquiry finds

A New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health and Wellbeing of Kangaroos and Other Macropods has handed down its report today, with recommendations to the Government that include strengthening monitoring and compliance around animal welfare and reviewing the way in which annual harvest quotas for kangaroos are determined.

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW Government Oversight of Kangaroo Industry Lacks Transparency, Monitoring and Compliance Parliamentary Inquiry finds

A New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health and Wellbeing of Kangaroos and OtherMacropods has handed down its report today, with recommendations to the Government that includestrengthening monitoring and compliance around animal welfare and reviewing the way in which annualharvest quotas for kangaroos are determined.

MEDIA RELEASE

Land and Environment Court Decision Spells Doom for Sydney’s Koalas

Today’s decision by the Land and Environment Court against Save Sydney’s Koalas will spell extinction for the healthiest koala colony in the State, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and Spokesperson for Environment and Wildlife. 

MEDIA RELEASE

Health System was Always Going to Collapse - Delta or No Delta

The NSW Public Health system was always going to collapse due to successive governments not prioritising health promotion, disease prevention and mental wellbeing, and ignoring calls for more investment in the public health workforce, Greens MP and Health and Wellbeing spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said.


CAMPAIGNS