Every country has its icons. For us, it’s the koala. The uniquely Australian marsupial is a drawcard for visitors from across the globe.
But the number of koalas in NSW has drastically declined in recent decades, so much so that koalas are now listed as a vulnerable threatened species. A major reason species like the koala become threatened is because of habitat destruction.
That’s why it’s so shocking that the Shenhua Watermark coal mine is proposed for development on the Liverpool Plains. The region is known not only as some of best food-growing land in our nation, but also for its pockets of woodland that provide refuge critical to the survival of the local koala population.
We know coal mines and koalas don’t mix. If the Shenhua coal mine goes ahead it will destroy 847 hectares of koala habitat, displacing an estimated 262 koalas. That’s bad news for the koalas.
That’s why it’s up to all of us to get the word out about what’s at stake if this mine proceeds.
Holly and the Land Water Future team
PS: Last week the Upper Mooki Landcare group spent all week in the NSW Land and Environment court defending the koalas against Shenhua’s coal mine plans. We won’t know the verdict for a little while yet, but you can read a news story about the court case here.
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