Environment Minister Tony Burke
Environment Minister Tony Burke

New laws to help koala populations

ENVIRONMENT Minister Tony Burke yesterday decided to list koala populations in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as vulnerable under national environment law.

"Koala populations are under serious threat from habitat loss and urban expansion, as well as vehicle strikes, dog attacks, and disease," Mr Burke said.

"However, koala numbers vary significantly across the country, so while koala populations are clearly declining in some areas, there are large, stable or even increasing populations in other areas.

"In fact, in some areas in Victoria and South Australia, koalas are eating themselves out of suitable foraging habitat.

"But the Queensland, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory koala populations are very clearly in trouble, so we must take action."



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