Hard to miss over the past week has been the visit from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, including the obligatory photo with a non local koala. As indicated in this case, with the NSW Premier, milking the opportunity for all it’s worth.
Meanwhile on the south coast, Berejiklian’s Minister for Transport and local MP Andrew Constance has apparently made one comment about the protests and arrests at Corunna Sate Forest. To quote the Corunna groups facebook page he said ‘logging MUST happen to provide employment’. Even if we forget that the cost of trucking the logs from Corunna to Eden is being paid for from the NSW Environmental trust. The belief that logging must continue is much like the desire to build more coal-fired power stations. Both reflect garrulous and truculent attitudes that ignore economic and environment reality and the need for change.
Hence the need to continue work toward possible legal action, with regard to the management of local koalas. According to Chris Allen, the NSW government is not prepared to spend any time on the south-east koalas because the population is too small.However, I’ve updated the genetic map for koalas in the southeast, showing the three endemic populations, Strzelecki, south coast and Blue Mountains (black outline). The map also shows the Campbelltown, southern highlands and Numerella koalas that, based on current information have previously been translocated (supposed to be red outline).
To date there are at least three and possibly four different genetic koala groups in this latter group. It seems likely that at least one of these groups are descendents of animals that escaped from Canberra. So in absence of information to demonstrate other wise, it’s arguable that the south coast population is quite important, if only from a genetic perspective. The tricky part is getting the NSW government to provide honest information.