Monday, 30 November 2020
Environment: Koala Habitat
That the Senate—
(a) notes that the biggest threat to endangered koala populations is habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation; and
(b) calls on the Government to implement a moratorium on the clearing and destruction of koala habitat.
Since 2014, the coalition government has invested over $26 million on projects supporting outcomes for koalas, ranging from tree planting, propagation of food trees and reconnecting koala corridors. The Morrison government recently announced a further $18 million investment to support this iconic species, and $14 million of this package will be directed to habitat restoration in priority areas, with the remaining funds supporting a national Koala census, health research and wildlife care. All EPBC assessments take into account the impacts of habitat loss on relevant listed threatened species and communities. Published reports on the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires, including for koalas, are also taken into consideration in the context of each individual assessment.