CONSERVATIONISTS say koalas are on the brink of extinction in southeast Queensland and more needs to be done to protect them.
Hundreds of protesters are expected to rally in Brisbane and march on Parliament House at noon (AEST) today y to raise awareness of the plight of the marsupials.
Rally spokeswoman Carolyn Beaton said there had been 25,000 recorded koala deaths in southeast Queensland – the fastest growing region in Australia – over the past decade.
Ms Beaton said rapid development in other parts of the country, particularly along the east coast, was also threatening koala habitat.
“This rally will show our politicians, and indeed the world, that Australia does care about its wildlife and we, as Australians, will not stand by and let the rest of our koalas be wiped out,” she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Queensland Government today announced it would protect 5.6 hectares of state-owned koala habitat at Alexandra Hills.
State Climate Change Minister Kate Jones said the land, located on Windemere Road and of high commercial value, would be handed over to Redland City Council.
The Government is currently drafting a state planning policy aimed at protecting koalas to halt declining numbers and recently completed a koala mapping project.