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Australia Koalas face extinction in New South Wales within 30 years, report finds

07:51  30 june  2020
07:51  30 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Koalas may be extinct in Australia's New South Wales by 2050

  Koalas may be extinct in Australia's New South Wales by 2050 Koalas may be extinct in Australia's New South Wales by 2050Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been the biggest factor in the fragmentation and loss of habitat for the animals in NSW, the country's most populous state, over several decades.

That's nearly 12 percent of the animal's population in New South Wales ( NSW ). Finding "an immediate, ongoing and significant threat of extinction ," the report states that koalas are eligible for a provisional listing as Endangered on an emergency basis under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation

The NSW parliamentary inquiry has found ‘the koala will become extinct in New South Wales well before 2050 and that urgent government intervention is required’. Koalas will become extinct before 2050 in NSW unless there is urgent government intervention to prevent habitat loss, a year -long

a close up of an animal: Gone in 30 years? A Parliamentary Inquiry says NSW koalas could be extinct by 2050. ([Supplied: M Fillinger]) © Provided by ABC NEWS Gone in 30 years? A Parliamentary Inquiry says NSW koalas could be extinct by 2050. ([Supplied: M Fillinger])

Koalas could be extinct in New South Wales within 30 years unless urgent action is taken, according a report by a parliamentary committee.

The report from an Upper House inquiry into koala populations and their habitats was released today.

Committee Chairwoman Cate Faehrmann said it was estimated at least 5,000 koalas perished in the recent bushfires.

The Greens MP said the findings of the year-long inquiry should be a game changer for the State Government.

"What became crystal clear during this inquiry was that, without urgent government intervention, the koala will become extinct in New South Wales before 2050," she said.

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It's one of Australia's most loved native animals, but it could be extinct within fifty years . Habitat loss, disease and predators are taking their toll on

Koalas are considered vulnerable to extinction —just a step above endangered—and reports indicate that between 350 and a “We’d need monitoring over several years .” Koalas ’ range is large, extending along Australia’s entire Eastern coast. The recent bushfires in New South Wales and

"At every turn we were handed evidence that showed our current laws are inadequate and facilitating the clearing of core koala habitat.

"The strategies and policies currently in place to protect the koala aren't working."

The committee made 16 findings and 42 recommendations, which will now be considered by the State Government (see fact boxes, right)

"There must be a significant increase in koala habitat protected from logging, mining, land clearing and urban development," Ms Faehrmann said.

"The Government needs to incentivise farmers so they're paid more to protect trees on their land instead of clearing them, and overhaul the failed biodiversity offsetting scheme, which allows core koala habitat to be cleared."

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Widespread land clearing is threatening the koala population, according to a new report that examined satellite images of native bushland being bulldozed in Koalas are on track to be extinct by 2050 in New South Wales if current land clearing rates continue, according to conservation biologist Martin

Koalas inside a home in Cudlee Creek, South Australia, after being rescued from fires in a garden. On Friday, the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, said up to 30 % of the koalas in the region Before this year ’s bushfire crisis, koala populations in NSW and Queensland had already dropped by

The inquiry also highlighted the importance of the koala population of south-western Sydney.

It estimated up to 800 koalas between Campbelltown and Wilton in the Wollondilly shire were extremely vulnerable because of urban expansion and roads.

"The committee found that the exclusion fencing on Appin Road is dangerous and needs to be removed or at least needs to include overpasses and underpasses to protect koalas in that area," said Ms Faehrmann.

It also urged the Government to create a national park to ensure a koala colony at the contentious Figtree Hill development was protected before work went ahead."

"One of [the recommendations] is the creation of the Georges River National Park, which will protect to some extent the significant koala population in south-west Sydney," said Ms Faehrmann.

"It is a chlamydia-free population and it was increasing in numbers when the committee first met and heard evidence from witnesses in that area."

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