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    Formed in 1976, we are the peak umbrella environment group in northern NSW. We cover the area from the Hunter to the Tweed and west to the New England Highway. We also actively support other campaigns further afield. We receive no government funding and have no paid staff or central office. Our members and office-bearers work around the region, often travelling large distances to assist others as we organise in our defence of the environment and the communities it sustains. We rely on donations and the efforts of our members and volunteers, to remain effective. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist us with our work, we guarantee plenty of bang for your buck. Post us a message to this site and we will get back to you.
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Senate Koala Report endorsed and NSW Government and local councils called on to match reform

The North Coast Environmental Council has broadly endorsed the Federal Government’s Senate inquiry report on Koalas tabled in Federal Parliament on Friday 23rd September as a first step to stop the dramatic decline of Koalas on the North Coast of NSW.

In identifying the dramatic decline in Koala populations on the North Coast the Senate Committee recommended the Federal Government undertake habitat mapping including the identification of priority areas for Koala conservation and provide more assistance for research into diseases such as chlamydia and koala retrovirus.

The Committee also recommended that the Australian Government actively consider options for recognition and funding for private landholders for the conservation of Koala habitat.

These are important first steps in improving the chances of saving Koalas on the North Coast and must be adopted by the Federal Government the spokesperson for the environmental group, Mr Morrison said.

Mr. Morrison called on the NSW Government and local councils to now get on board and cooperate with the Federal Government in strengthening Koala conservation measures which was one of their key pre-election promises.

Mr Morrison said the complementary state measures required to achieve this are:

1. The NSW government should revise and strengthen NSW Koala Recovery Plan to implement Senate Inquiry findings.

2. Review and revise the State Environmental Planning Policy No. 44 for Koalas to bring it in line with Senate Inquiry findings and recommendations by Local Councils.

3. Reject Integrated Forest Operations Approval amendments proposed by the previous government which weaken Koala protection in state forests.

4. Reform administration of Private Native Forestry to ensure Core Koala habitat is protected from logging and habitat connectivity is maintained.

5. Provide immediate interim protection for Core Koala habitat on all Crown lands and finalize protection of core koala habitat within two years.

6. Establish and encourage with the Federal Government, programs for financial compensation for protection of core koala habitat and protection or restoration of connectivity between core habitats.

7. Provide incentives for local government to undertake and regularly revise Koala Management plans.

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