Koalas Need Trees is a grassroots campaign led by Koala Champions across the state.
We are standing up to politicians and big business whose actions are driving koalas towards extinction.
Koalas are forecast to be extinct in NSW before 2050 unless we act quickly.
Cutting down trees for urban development, logging and agriculture is destroying koala habitat and threatens their existence — yet the government is failing to protect koala habitat.
Koalas need human champions to campaign and lobby for their survival.
We must speak up for koalas in the face of development and logging interests.
Koalas don’t have a voice or the deep pockets of developers but we can speak up for them.
How to Save Koalas
- Place an immediate moratorium on logging in all state forests identified by the NSW Government as koala hubs and core koala habitat.
- End all logging in public native forest by 2030 and invest in a sustainable, plantation-based timber industry.
- Ban the destruction of all koala habitat for mining, agriculture and urban development on public and private land by 2025.
- Reinstate the State Environmental Planning Policy (Koala Habitat Protection) 2019.
- Transfer state forests and crown lands identified as core koala habitat to the national parks estate.
- Support listing koalas in NSW as endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the CommonwealthEnvironment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
- Write a recovery plan to double koala populations in every Koala Management Area.
- Fund koala plans of management (KPOMs) by 2030 in all local government areas where koala habitat is known to occur or is likely to occur.
- Identify koala habitat links in urban areas and areas requiring dog control, fencing modifications, traffic calming, koala crossings, tree retention and plantings.
- Protect existing koala corridors and create new ones by revegetating links between koala colonies.
- Establish a $1 billion fund for koala habitat restoration by the state election in 2023.
- Buy high-quality and core koala habitat from willing sellers and add to the national parks estate or establish stewardship payments for private landholders to protect koala habitat on their land.
- Map core and high-quality koala habitat and corridors over all tenures by 2025. Have the maps validated by independent experts, updated every five years and made available to the public.
- Establish a database with critical data on all koala populations in NSW. Update the database annually and publicly report on the species’ status.
- Develop an ongoing funding program to support koala carers and koala hospitals.
Here is the detailed suite of policy changes needed to protect koalas.
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