The following motion was put, discussed and carried at the July 2017 meeting of Bellingen River Labor.
GREAT KOALA PARK
The Bellinger River Branch of the Australian Labor Party:
- Recognises the existential threat to Koalas in Bellingen Shire and the wider NSW North Coast; expresses its deep concern at the situation and, calls for urgent action on the restoration, protection and enhancement of habitats by local, state and federal governments.
- Calls on NSW Labor to immediately reaffirm its 2015 commitment to the Great Koala Park Policy and then undertake a review, informed by the latest scientific research and community feedback, as to take an enhanced position to the 2019 State Election.
- Calls for an end to all land clearing on the NSW North Coast that doesn’t comply with the principles of ecological sustainable development (as defined by NSW and Commonwealth Law).
- Supports efforts to increase engagement with nature and awareness of the need to protect it through the delivery of policy, infrastructure and services that encourages community ownership, everyday engagement and quality visitor experiences.
- Recognises that the Great Koala Park will deliver positive economic benefits for the NSW North Coast through government investment in habitat restoration, protection and enhancement projects and through the park becoming a tourism asset of interest to domestic and international visitors.
- Recognises that timber is a renewable resource and when managed responsibly complies with the principles of ecological sustainable development – delivering ecological, social and economic benefits.
- NSW Labor Koala Parks page
- NSW Labor 2015 Great Koala Park Policy
- NSW Labor 2015 Environment Election Policy
- Report: Clearing Koalas Away in North East NSW. Dailan Pugh, North East Forest Alliance, July 2017
- ESD: Australia’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development (1992) defines ecologically sustainable development as: ‘using, conserving and enhancing the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased’.