Koalas are on an extinction trajectory. Is it due to a lack of public concern? A lack of political will?
After the catastrophic fires of 2019/20 koalas have become the poster child for governments claiming environmental credentials, for companies as mascots and for environmental activists concerned about habitat loss.
Sydney has one last healthy koala population, on the South West city fringe, largely within the bushland along the upper Georges River. Unlike many koala populations, it is healthy, breeding, and trying to repopulate what would have been its home range. Being largely Chlamydia free, it could help the wider koala population of NSW, so its survival is vital.
Now Sydney’s last Koala colony is being pushed to the brink by massive development and other human factors. Can it survive?
The Koala Corridor is about the movement of koalas in the South West city fringe, in all directions, including towards the Sutherland Shire and the Royal National Park, and the obstacles they face on the way.
The documentary is being made by Sutherland Shire Environment Centre members Georgia Wallace-Crabbe and Gregory Miller, and is still in production. You may have seen their previous film Cultivating Murder, on land clearing around Moree and the horrific murder of Environment Officer Glen Turner in 2014. That land clearing also destroyed koala habitat.
Greg and Georgia will speak prior to the screening about their work. The documentary is still in production, but you will have the chance to see a 10 minute early preview which features exclusive footage and interviews.
Saul Dean from the Total Environment Centre, Chris Gambian from the Nature Conservation Council, and Sharyn Cullis from Georges River Environmental Alliance will also lead a discussion about the possible futures for these koalas, what is at stake, and the difference we can make.