8 June: Coffs Harbour — Taree
Today Matilda is travelling from Coffs Harbour, NSW — Taree, NSW.
Key messages/ issues for today:
Koala Beach should be the model
The Koala is worth $3 billion to the Australian tourism industry
Offsets are a fantasy.
Governments (at all levels) allow developers to ‘offset’ any Koala trees they knock down, by planting new trees elsewhere. But there are serious flaws. Under offsets, five saplings have more value than a single mature tree. It’s like knocking down the Big Banana, and replacing it with a bunch of small bananas.
Which electorates is Matilda visiting today?
Division of Page
AKF estimated Koala population: 900-1200
Estimated Koala habitat left: 63.7%
For more information visit www.savethekoala.com/our-work/page
Division of Cowper
AKF estimated Koala population: 2300-2800
Estimated Koala habitat left: 63.5%
For more information visit www.savethekoala.com/our-work/cowper