Save NSW Koalas from extinction

Environment Minister, James Griffin

Koalas in NSW are already a threatened species - now they are at risk of becoming extinct. Sign now to take action and protect koalas.

Thousands of koalas died in the 2020 bushfires, and now ongoing destruction of koala habitat for animal agribusiness, development, mining and forestry is taking even more lives. These gentle animals are more at risk than ever before and it's time for the NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean to take action.

Last year a NSW Parliamentary Inquiry recommended that the NSW Government:

  • Facilitate more koala habitat on private land being protected;
  • Investigate the establishing the Great Koala National Park;
  • Rule out opening up old growth forests in the state forest reserve for logging;
  • Urgently investigate the utilisation of core koala habitat on private land and in State forests to replenish koala habitat lost in the bushfires;
  • Ensure that the combination of underpasses, overpasses and exclusion fencing along roads is incorporated into both the retrofitting of existing infrastructure and new development in areas of known koala habitat.

These recommendations are critical to the survival of the remaining koalas in NSW, and we are demanding urgent action to make them a reality.

By signing this petition, you’ll be calling on NSW Environment Minister James Griffin to listen to the recommendations from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry on koalas, and take serious action to ensure the survival of koalas here in our state.

To: Environment Minister, James Griffin
From: [Your Name]

I am calling on you to protect koalas in NSW from extinction by actioning recommendations number 6, 12, 15, 40 and 41 from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Koala Populations and Habitat in NSW.

The evidence given in the 2019-20 Inquiry into koalas in NSW could not be more stark: koalas in NSW are already recognised as a threatened species - now following the 2019/20 bushfires and ongoing destruction of koala habitat, these iconic animals are at risk of extinction.

The situation is critical. It is not enough to speak up for koalas, as Minister for the Environment you must take urgent action. There are 5 key recommendations given in the Inquiry report that must be actioned now to ensure the survival of NSW koalas:
- Facilitate more koala habitat on private land being protected;
- Investigate the establishing the Great Koala National Park;
- Rule out opening up old growth forests in the state forest reserve for logging;
- Urgently investigate the utilisation of core koala habitat on private land and in State forests to replenish koala habitat lost in the bushfires;
- Ensure that the combination of underpasses, overpasses and exclusion fencing along roads is incorporated into both the retrofitting of existing infrastructure and new development in areas of known koala habitat.

I urge you to listen to the community, evidence, and findings of this inquiry, and urgently action recommendations number 6, 12, 15, 40 and 41. The survival of koalas in NSW is depending on you.