Pressure on to save the koalas
TIME is running out to save the koala from extinction, NSW Greens MP Cate Faerhmann has warned.
Since the iconic native favourite was officially listed as an endangered species this week, the federal and state governments have been under pressure to strengthen conservation laws.
Ms Faerhmann said on Tuesday that governments had a duty to protect koalas, particularly in NSW where key populations were threatened by logging, mining and coastal development.
"Our laws are totally inadequate to protect koalas," Ms Faerhmann said
"If we are serious about saving them, we need tougher laws which protect all remaining koala habitat."
Ms Faehrmann's comments were echoed by her federal colleagues who plan to introduce a bill in the Senate to better protect koalas.
Australian Greens Senator Larissa Waters said a senate inquiry had revealed national laws were not strong enough to save the koala from extinction.
She reminded the Federal Government of its "environmental responsibilities" to the states and warned the koala would be only "one casualty" of overdevelopment in Australia if relaxed conservation laws went unchanged.