Koala Register

19 Sep 2018 9:08 AMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey has called on the Palaszczuk Government to set up a koala register to keep up-to-date data as this much loved Australian native marsupial faces more challenges to its survival.

"Residents and Currumbin Wildlife hospital are reporting an increase in koala injuries and deaths but the Palaszczuk Labor Government are ignoring pleas for help," said Ms Stuckey.

"Not only did they dismiss our petitions to slow vehicle speed through Tallebudgera but they sat on the Koala Expert Panel’s report for nearly twelve months.

"Urgent action is required if we are to save our koalas and that is why I am calling for a register to document koala injuries and deaths in real-time.

"If the Palaszczuk Labor Government are to be believed that they are serious about koala protection they would immediately set up a register but the Environment minister doesn’t care.

"I was appalled at the reply I received to a Question on Notice I asked the minister in June about whether her department undertakes any co-ordinated documentation of wildlife injuries and deaths.

"Minister Leanne Enoch used the excuse that it would be ‘impractical’ to collect this data, stating her department is able to seek data from wildlife rescue and recovery services when necessary.

"Given the regular reports in the media about the future security of our koalas on the Gold Coast you’d expect the Palaszczuk Government to be doing more.

"I know Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital keeps records but there should be a central register for each region – the Gold Coast does not have one, yet almost every week we hear yet another sad story of koala deaths or decreasing habitat.

"I understand a specific koala database program has been designed and ready to go for some time but has not been implemented.

"This program shows where koalas are being hit by cars on the Gold Coast but it seems the minister doesn’t want people to know?

"My support and advocacy for wildlife and in particular our koala population is well recognised, and it really makes my blood boil to hear this Labor government bleating about how much it cares about our wildlife when they do nothing about it!

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Contact Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

Friday 10 August 2018