Koalas

 High Range, Australia 
So 30km from here, they're building a housing subdivison on top of a Koala corridor. Koalas are specific about the types of eucalyptus leaves they eat. These only grow along river/stream beds, hence 'corridor'. If you destroy this corridor there is no escape route for the koalas. They need to cross what is essentially a barren desert to them in order to migrate out of the threatened territory. Once the corridor is destroyed, the Campbelltown koala population will vanish. These are the last koalas in the world that are still fertile, because they don't have chlamydia. There are still a few dozen koalas in the southern highlands (on the other side of the Campbelltown corridor) which don't have chlamydia.  They are hiding out in the Blue Mountains Heritage Area (across the street from me) and travelling along the last known corridor. There are also a few dozen koalas in Victoria and Queensland, but they have chlamydia and probably won't survive 2-3 more generations. This is it folks. This is the last stand of the koala.

I understand that you may not have any sympathy for an endangered species that is alien to you; seeing as how it only exists on the other side of the world.

A million species are going to be wiped out of existence from the planet earth in the next five years. You're next.  Hope you aren't depending on the koalas to protect and defend your corridors.
  
This initiative was instituted by local government in response to a state zoning change which opened the region for development. The city of Sydney has nothing to do with it, but we could use their help as well to convince the state leaders to back off and reverse their earlier decisions.

What happened was that some developers convinced the government to build a new Sydney airport at Wilton a few years ago. Then they did a bunch of studies and decided it was a bad idea (probably because of the koalas) and decided to put the airport at the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains instead (facepalm).   Meanwhile a lot of people had poured money into Wilton real estate in preparation for making it rich off the airport deal, and they were left hanging. But the land had already been rezoned, so they started calling in the developers.  Now that it's zoned for industrial/commercial/residential activity by the state, the local government can't stop the developers moving in without taking the state to court. This might happen.

View PDF
http://www.engage.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/wiltonnewtown/Wilton_Petition_.pdf


https://www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/resident-services/environment-and-sustainability/wollondilly-koala-conservation-project-2/
  
Glad to see you are organized. :-) Perhaps a Koala fan page on Hubzilla can source different new items related to this issue?
  
i will send this pdf to my friend, she owns like 900 Lush stores in North America and she's on the board of directors for the company. I see there are Lush stores in Australia, at least one in Sydney. It's something they should publicize IMHO. I'm pretty sure She could easily pick up the phone and call whoever owns the stores in australia and make something happen in like 2 minutes. But I cannot promise anything..



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