On Thursday 10 August 2017, I was taken on a brief tour of Koala habitats in the soon to be logged Gladstone State Forest area, just 7 kilometres South of Bellingen, by Ashley Love from the Bellingen Environment Centre.
Significant habitats have been found in the forest and the Environment Protection Authority has been asked to intervene to stop logging while further evaluation occurs. This should occur.
Over the last few weeks, I have also been putting together an online library of reports looking at Koala preservation and timber resource supply from a variety of perspectives. This resource is aimed at presenting the latest relevant information from a diverse range of sources to aid intelligent, credible and respectful discussion on the best way forward to protect koalas and ensure the supply of timber in accordance with the principles of ecological sustainable development. The library is here.
President, Bellingen River Branch, Labor.
Note: There's been significant coverage in the local media in the past few weeks of Koala related issues. A collection of articles is at the bottom of this page.
Bellingen Shire Courier-Sun, 9 August 2017
Media Coverage – GKNP w/e 11 August 2017
Greens converge in Bellingen for Forest Summit
Coffs Coast Advocate
30 July 2017
THE Great Koala National Park and calls for an end to native forest logging in the region were major agenda items for the Forest Summit conducted by the Greens.
The National Parks Association is working hard on grass roots support
1 August 2017
The push for a Great Koala National Park on the Mid North Coast was the talk of the Green’s Forest Forum on the weekend, but more importantly it was also discussed among representatives from Bellingen, Nambucca and Coffs City Councils last week.
Great Koala Park push flawed, says MP Melinda Pavey
2 August 2017
CHANGING who manages local lands will have little if any effect on the health of koala populations, claims local MP Melinda Pavey.
The answer to concerns about Mid North Coast koalas does not involve converting more State Forest to National Park, Mrs Pavey said.
NPA rejects assertions that more parks will not help koalas
3 August 2017
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) rejects assertions by the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP that more national parks will not help koalas, and calls on the NSW Government to honour Ms Pavey’s call for ‘a mature, factual, science-based discussion about forestry our forest estate and koalas’.
Deferral of logging call to protect koala colony
3 August 2017
Evidence of a breeding colony of koalas in Gladstone State Forest has prompted calls for a deferral of proposed logging at Sunny Corner.
Greens: National Parks need more not less staff
4 August 2017
Greens Forests spokesperson, Dawn Walker has slammed comments made by the Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey that more National Parks won't help koalas and criticised her ongoing refusal to support the Great Koala National Park*.
Pavey says new park is fanciful
8 August 2017
The answer to widespread concerns about Mid North Coast koala populations might not involve converting more State Forest to National Park. The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said the ‘crisis’ in koala populations was not supported by scientific facts.
Discovery of koala colony prompts pleas to suspend logging
THERE are calls for the immediate suspensions of logging operations near Bellingen following the discovery of a breeding population of koalas in the area.
Forestry Corp has advised it will carry out koala surveys
8 August 2017
Yesterday we published a story about groups calling for a stop to logging in the Gladstone State Forest.
Picnic with koalas
9 August 2017
If you go down to the woods (on Sunday) you might be in for a big surprise – that’s the day koala supporters are gathering in Gladstone State Forest for a picnic. The Bellingen Environment Centre is inviting the community to bring family and friends to the forest at midday on Sunday August 13 to celebrate the koala population and show opposition to proposed logging.
Every major environmental group supports the Great Koala Park – Labor
9 August 2017
The Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, is wrong when she says that turning more land over to national parks as a part of a Great Koala National Park will “have little if any effect on the health of koala populations”. If this is the case, why then does every major environmental group in the State support it? The National Parks Association; Nature Conservation Council and the political party, The Greens, all support it. Are you telling me they all support something that won’t help Koalas?
Community groups erect banner
10 August 2017
The Bellingen Environment Centre and the Kalang River and Forest Alliance have gone to great lengths to encourage Bellingen Shire Council to support the community proposal for a Great Koala National Park .
Added 11 August 2017
Labor calls for root and branch review of State Forests
11 August 2017
AS HABITAT loss is widely acknowledged to be the key driver of the decline of koalas; a future Luke Foley Labor Government will prioritise the creation of National Parks that protect the remaining koala populations on the North Coast, says Nambucca Valley identity Susan Jenvey.