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Koala protection in South East Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Debbie Pointing
63 Howlett Road

Total Signatures - 3819

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 23/07/2020

Closing Date: 23/10/2020

Tabled Date: 26/11/2020

Responded By: Hon Meaghan Scanlon MP on 4/01/2021

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House ongoing habitat loss is driving South East Queensland (SEQ) koalas towards imminent extinction.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to:

  • List the koala as 'critically endangered' in SEQ since the rapid decline of koala populations is unlikely to be stemmed by the implementation of the draft Koala Conservation Strategy
  • Implement stronger planning laws that will be effective in protecting koala habitat (the exemptions in the current draft Koala Conservation Strategy allow unsustainable clearing to continue, especially in the urban footprint)
  • Implement the recommendations from the Queensland Koala Expert Panel, including the recommendation to protect koala habitat within the urban footprint
  • Reinstate the previously protected Koala Habitat Areas that were removed in the recent mapping in the draft SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy
  • Declare a moratorium on the removal of koala habitat, including significant isolated trees in the urban footprint, until such time that effective koala habitat planning protections are in place
  • Withdraw the Toondah Harbour 'Priority Development Area' at Cleveland that threatens the future of a significant healthy breeding koala colony.