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More than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat disappeared since Newman Government relaxed land-clearing controls

An AAP report in The Guardian (17.2.16) reports that World Wildlife Australia records that more than 40,000 hectares of koala habitat in Queensland has disappeared since the state’s land-clearing controls were weakened by the Newman Government.

‘WWF Australia has warned the vulnerable species will continue to decline unless the controls are strengthened as soon as possible. The group’s scientist, Dr Martin Taylor, said his mapping of koala habitat loss illustrated what was a “cruel blow” for the species.

He said his analysis showed 40,312 hectares of habitat disappeared between the Newman government’s weakening of land-clearing controls in 2012 and 2014.

“The area is the equivalent of nearly one million house blocks – gone in just two years,” he said.

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