Protect Koalas from State-Sponsored Extinction

Originally published on August 18, 2014, at ForceChange.com

Target: Mike Baird, Premier of New South Wales

Goal: Prevent a highway project from destroying a vital koala habitat

A colony of source population koalas is under threat by the recently approved plans to construct a highway through the Blackwall Range Wildlife Corridor. Critical to the survival of coastal koalas, the colony is expected to become extinct within the next 20 to 25 years due to the creation of the roadway. Although the highway could be built along multiple alternate routes, the current plans will entail bisecting the koala habitat and will threaten the survival of several other endangered species.

Commissioned by the Ballina Council, a Koala Habitat Study reported that construction of the highway would be a key threatening process endangering the lives of the koalas and other species. Previous studies of deforestation show that the koala population will rapidly decrease following the wanton destruction of their habitat. With no concern for the wellbeing of the animals or the environment, the Stage 10 upgrade of the Pacific Highway will ravage a habitat filled with biodiversity.

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