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Wildlife activists make 11th hour plea to save koalas before Victorian blue gums logged

Wildlife campaigners have made a last ditch plea to the Victorian government to save koalas in a blue gum plantation due to be logged on Friday.

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Wildlife campaigners have made a last ditch plea to the Victorian government to save koalas in a blue gum plantation due to be logged on Friday.

Highlights

  • Victorian government approved clear-felling of the Gordon plantation by owner Midway Pty Ltd without relocating the koalas.
  • The 16-hectare plantation is situated next to the Western Freeway, a major highway west of Melbourne.
  • A report commissioned last month by landowner Central Highlands Water recommended the koala be relocated to an area 5km from the site.
  • The report argued the area “doesn’t suffer from overpopulation” and there was a “large area of koala food tree species” The Victorian government is in the process of drafting a new koala management strategy.
  • The Victorian MP Andy Meddick said rescuers would be at the site on Friday to help animals trying to escape.