What to do on Wild Koala Day

Wild Koala Day is a day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats.
On this day we call all Australians to do 3Ps to protect our beloved fluffy icon:

1

Plant a Tree

If you can, plant a koala habitat tree in a region where koalas naturally live. Register today or donate to these organisations which run tree planting days in koala habitat:

Koala Clancy Foundation, VICTORIA
Planet Ark AUSTRALIA-WIDE
Tree Project near MELBOURNE/GEELONG
Greening Australia AUSTRALIA-WIDE
Trees For Life SOUTH AUSTRALIA

All around the world we are losing forest at a rate of 3.3million hectares per year. Yet trees help our atmosphere, store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change, and provide food for birds, insects and mammals that contribute to the web of life. Koalas, most of all, need a healthy global environment.

OVERSEAS? You can still plant a tree at home and indirectly, in the long term, it will help a koala.

2

Protect a Forest

Existing forests are precious and under threat world-wide. New trees take decades to grow, so protecting what we have is critical to koala’s survival as a species.

Only buy recycled paper, or paper from non-timber sources. Logging of native forest has already been linked to local extinctions of koalas in the Eden region of NSW. [1]

Use a keep-cup/reusable cup for your takeaway coffee. Most disposable coffee cups are made from virgin timber. Hardly any disposable coffee cups are really recyclable – in fact Planet Ark recommends putting all of them in the bin. [2]

When buying a house, check that the developer did not cut down native forest to build your house. Housing developments, and roads that link them, on Australia’s east coast are making koalas homeless. Petitions against developers cutting down koala habitat are not hard to find. Sign these petitions to protect koala forest now:

Black Rocks, NSW
Bellbird Park, Qld
Noosa, Qld
Campbelltown, NSW
Coomera, Qld
Ipswich, Qld

3

Phone a Pollie

Politicians make laws on behalf of us. They can only reflect our values if we tell them what is important to us. In Australia, they just don’t realise that koalas are a vote-winner. Tell them why koalas are important to you.

Phone your politician now: read our blog about who and how to call, what to say.
Here’s an example: in Queensland the Vegetation Management Act (1999) was weakened by the Newman government in 2013 to allow landowners to clear regrowth forest in waterways (prime koala habitat) and to ‘self-assess’ whether they needed permission to clear forest.

This amendment led to a tripling of the rate of forest clearance in Queensland. [3][4] In early 2016, the Palaszczuk Labor government proposed an amendment to the law to slow biodiversity loss, but they failed by just 2 votes. Could a few more phone calls have saved thousands of hectares of koala forest? Note: if you contact a current Qld Labor politician, thank them for trying to pass the amendment – a pat on the back when deserved is much appreciated – and encourage them to try again.

Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.