Koala Petition Presented at Parliament
Posted on: 13.08.2018
In a bid to protect a vital koala corridor from impending development at Wilton, Wollondilly Mayor Judith Hannan today presented a petition with over 13,000 signatures to State Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell MP at Parliament House.
The handover of the petition was the culmination of a concerted campaign by Wollondilly Councillors, staff and community members to preserve the area’s unique disease-free koala population and protect their habitat from intrusive development.
The recent decision of the Department of Planning and Environment to rezone the South East Wilton precinct threatens to bisect the southern portion of the Allens Creek koala corridor.
Council has called on the State Government to repeal this rezoning until a local koala protection strategy is in place and there is certainty the habitat will be protected into the future.
Mayor Judith Hannan said, “The support of people from right across NSW has helped us achieve our goal of well over the 10,000 signatures needed so the issue can be discussed in State Parliament.”
“This amazing result, achieved in less than three months, shows just how committed people are to the future of the Wollondilly koala population.”
“The State Government needs to take this issue seriously as the community has shown they feel very strongly about it,” she said.
This was the first petition presented to Parliament from the Wollondilly area, making it a significant milestone for our community.
Staff at Parliament House advised that the petition is expected to be discussed in September or October this year.
Councillors, executive and staff would all like to thank everyone who lent their support to the koalas by getting involved in this campaign and signing the petition.