The Clarence Environment Centre (CEC) is appealing for people to urge Tony Burke, the federal Minister for the Environment to list the koala as a nationally threatened species under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Minister Burke is due to announce whether he will do so on February 17th.
THE CEC APPEAL STATES:
"There are now less than 80,000 Koalas. There used to be millions. Between 1900 and 1930 hundreds of thousands of koalas were slaughtered. The Australian public became so outraged that politicians were forced to intervene.
"Tony Burke has heard the opinions of the Developer and Logging interests. It's now time to hear the views of the other 99%.
"Independent scientific evidence proves that the koala is experiencing population decline, local and regional extinction. The main threats to the koala are the destruction and fragmentation of its habitat, disease, dogs and cars.
"Listing the Koala is an important first step. Once the Koala is listed more needs to be done."
It is important that as many people as possible contact Minister Burke urging him to list the koala as a threatened species under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Tel: (02) 6277 7640 Fax: (02) 6273 6101