Environment groups join to protest koala legislation in Taree

Extinction Rebellion members protesting outside MidCoast Council's Taree chambers in 2019. Photo: Julie Slavin
Extinction Rebellion members protesting outside MidCoast Council's Taree chambers in 2019. Photo: Julie Slavin

Local environment groups are joining forces to hold a protest in Taree today, Friday, November 6.

Midcoast Knitting Nannas, Extinction Rebellion Midcoast, North East Forest Alliance and Save Bulga Forest say the theme of the protest is 'Koala protection is going backwards' and they are protesting the weakening of bushland and koala protections legislation.

Dressed as koalas, the protest will begin at Fotheringham Park at 10am and move on to Stacks Law Firm, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead's office, and other locations in Taree before concluding at 11.30am.

A press release from Extinction Rebellion said the following:

"This action is a protest against legislation being considered by the NSW Legislative Council which will weaken koala habitat protections.

The Local Land Services Amendment (Miscellaneous) Bill 2020 will undo more than two decades of progress in koala conservation by:

  • restricting local council initiatives to protect koala habitat
  • watering down the definition of 'core koala habitat'
  • removing koala core habitat maps from government website
  • removing local councils' powers over approvals for logging of koala habitat on private
  • land, and expanding land clearing on farms for any 'allowable activity'
  • decoupling land clearing from environmental zone protection."

Organisers said the protest would be conducted in a COVID-safe manner.