The current plans for the upgrade of the Pacific Highway in NSW may destroy a critical koala colony in Ballina. IFAW is supporting local group Friends of the Koala and others to stop the bulldozers and make the Pacific Highway koala-friendly.
The proposed route would run straight through the middle of a nationally significant koala population in the Blackwall Range wildlife corridor, known to be a linchpin colony, and vital for the survival of coastal koalas. This wildlife hotspot is also home to another 30 threatened or endangered species that will also be put at risk.
There are a number of alternative routes the highway could take that would avoid killing koalas and other wildlife. Please call on the NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay; the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard; and Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, to choose an alternative koala-friendly route that delivers a safer Pacific Highway and also protects our iconic koalas.
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