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Environment groups have slammed the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) for approving widespread logging in core koala habitat in the Coffs Harbour area.

The Koala population around Coffs Harbour is recognised as being nationally significant, and core koala habitat has been mapped in detail as part of a legal Koala Plan of Management that was developed jointly by Coffs Harbour City Council and DECCW.

Last week we found heavy logging had occurred in areas which have been mapped as core koala habitat in the Coffs Harbour area”, said NCEC Vice President Susie Russell.

This set our alarm bells ringing and we then checked all logging approvals issued in the area by DECCW since 2007.

The results show that DECCW have approved logging of at least 1,890 hectares of mapped core koala habitat around Coffs Harbour.

This is despite the fact that the Code of Practice that is supposed to control logging states that logging is not allowed tin core koala habitat.

It’s now clear that DECCW ignores the Koala Plan of Management and the detailed core habitat mapping when issuing logging approvals. At least 60 separate logging approvals have been issued over areas that contain identified core koala habitat.

One part of DECCW were integral in mapping these habitats, but another ignores the results and approves their destruction.

Logging has a significant impact on Koalas, destroying preferred feed trees, harming individuals and fragmenting habitats. Koalas need these habitat areas, that’s why these plans were given the force of law in the first place.

We can’t take the Environment Department seriously. It produces reports about the threats of climate change and habitat destruction on endangered species like the koala, but then ignores their own regulations for koala protection and in this case is actually promoting activities leading to this iconic species’ demise.

This is yet another case of appalling mal-administration by a Department which has also tarnished its environmental credentials by approving vast areas of oldgrowth forests for logging in northern NSW”, Ms Russell said.




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