If elected a Minns Labor Government will help save koalas from extinction by protecting key habitats and restoring environmental protections torn up by the Liberals and Nationals over the past 12 years.
After 12 years of removing environmental protections, increased rates of land clearing and the ongoing koala wars between the Liberals and Nationals in New South Wales, the protection status of koalas has gone from ‘not threatened’ to ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’, with koalas on track to extinction in NSW by 2050.
Labor’s plan will protect koala habitat by committing $80 million to create an iconic Great Koala National Park on the Mid North Coast between Kempsey and Coffs Harbour, protecting approximately 20 per cent of the wild koala population in NSW.
The choice for voters is clear – protecting and saving koalas in New South Wales under Labor – or more koala wars under the Liberals and Nationals.
Chris Minns, NSW Labor Leader:
- “There is one way to save koalas from extinction in New South Wales – and that is to vote Labor.
- “I don’t accept that one of our most loved and iconic native species could become extinct here in just 28 years’ time.”
- “We will take the action needed to turn that grim trajectory around.”
- “By protecting the places these koalas live, and by working closely with all stakeholders, we can ensure we bring these incredible creatures back from the brink.”