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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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NCEC Call for Urgent Action on Pine Creek Koalas

The North Coast Environment Council has called on the NSW Government to make an immediate response to the release of an Australian Museum study that shows a serious decline in the Koala population in the Pine Creek area, south of Coffs Harbour.

North Coast Environment Council vice -president Ashley Love said The Pine Creek Koala population has long been recognised as is part of one of the three remaining Koala strongholds in coastal NSW .The report also comes following a recent report of a serious decline in the Koala population in the Tweed valley
The North Coast Environment Council has called for an immediate assessment of the remaining Koala population and a halt on any further logging or clearing in Pine Creek State Forest until the assessment is completed.

The Australian Museum Study, whilst not a population assessment , indicates that there has been a serious decline in the Pine Creek Koala population since the last assessment was undertaken in 2000. The report identifies logging on Pine Creek State forests as a likely contributing factor to the decline in Koalas.
The Aust Museum study identifies that there were 65 koala road mortalities from 2000 to 2010. Over the same period the clearfelling of over 1000 hectares of flooded gum plantation in Pine Creek State forest has removed the home range area large enough for at least 20 koalas Mr Love said.

A recent NSW Government proposal to abandon a Pine Creek Koala Plan of Management has also come under strong criticism from local conservationists .
The Pine Creek Kola Plan of Management was the first and only Koala management plan prepared by Forests NSW and involved many hundreds of hours of volunteer community input in the plan preparation Mr Love said.

In 2003 with transfer of parts of Pine Creek State Forest the Koala plan effectively became a plan covering a number of land tenures and a model for the planning process taken up in 2008 in the NSW Governments statewide Koala Recovery Plan.

Now it looks like the real reason the NSW Government wants to get rid of the Pine Creek Koala Management Plan is that it is not saving the local Koalas, Mr Love said.

Further information: The Aust Museum report is available on http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/pac_hwy/documents/ambs_final_koala_report_nov11.pdf .

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  1. please save our Koalas for the future of our generations.

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