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Greens introduce new laws to save our koalas

The Greens have today introduced new laws to stop land clearing of critical habitat and save our koalas.

The legislative move would prevent the Federal Environment Minister from approving new mines or developments in koala habitat.

Greens Environment Spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said:

“Koalas are a national treasure and yet the Environment Minister is not just failing to save them but she continuously signs their death warrant.

“Unless habitat clearing is stopped, koalas will soon be extinct.

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Koalas and Maules Creek coal mine

Last week I found myself asking the question - Which is more precious: a koala colony or a new coal mine?

In NSW, the state government's Planning and Assessment Commission has given the go-ahead for the new Maules Creek Coal Mine.  In doing so it has approved the destruction of large tracts of valuable koala habitat in North West NSW for a massive open-cut coal mine proposal that would destroy 2,000 hectares, or around 2,800 football fields, of forest.

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Greens say NSW's South East Forests too precious to lose - Lee Rhiannon visits Tanja State Forest

Australian Greens forests spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon will visit the Tanja State Forest tomorrow morning, where a population of koalas have recently been discovered. 

Senator Rhiannon will meet with locals and environmentalists to promote the Greens work that these native forests are too precious to lose.

"Koala habitat in NSW's South East, like that at Tanja, is under threat from native forest logging. While logging has been temporarily halted, the forest surrounding the local koala population is still targeted for woodchipping," Senator Rhiannon said.

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NSW koalas need stronger protection from Fed Govt: Greens

The federal government needs to step up protection for vulnerable koalas along the NSW coastline and west of the Great Dividing Range to stem declining populations under threat from logging, mining and rampant urban development.

ABC’s 4 corners will tonight show that koala populations are in the serious trouble in NSW despite the federal government moving in April to list koalas as a vulnerable species, following a Greens-initiated Senate Inquiry.

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