Did you know the conservation status of the Koala within NSW, QLD and the ACT has recently changed from Vulnerable to Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)? See the Commonwealth Government media release here.
“The impact of prolonged drought, followed by the black summer bushfires, and the cumulative impacts of disease, urbanisation and habitat loss over the past twenty years have led to the advice.”Sussan Ley MP -The Minister for the Environment
What does this mean for your project?
What this means is that a new Koala Conservation Advice is available, and Commonwealth Impact Assessments can no longer be undertaken using the ‘EPBC Act referral guidelines for the Vulnerable Koala’ (including a Koala Habitat Assessment Tool to determine if habitat critical to the survival of the Koala occurs within an area).
Currently, the Koala’s conservation status and impact assessments within NSW and QLD have not changed.
Projects that have not currently undergone assessment under the EPBC Act may require a revision of their potential impact to Koalas.
Do you believe the updated conservation status of the endangered Koala may affect your project? If so, please reach out to our team at Niche. We have strong experience in impact assessments and mitigation for a large variety of infrastructure and development projects across QLD and NSW.
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