MEDIA RELEASE: THIS SATURDAY – Sydney protest takes aim at Berejiklian, Kean and Stokes’ “secretive koala codes”, leading state-wide Koala Day of Action activities

Wildlife conservationists from multiple organisations will rally together at Hyde Park this weekend in a #KoalasNeedTrees campaign, condemning the NSW Government’s inaction on koala conservation.

The protest will take place from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, June 5 at Sydney’s Hyde Park.

It will see a number of organisations come together, including Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Australian Conservation Foundation, Bob Brown Foundation, National Parks Association Southern Sydney Branch, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Extinction Rebellion Sydney, and Animal Justice Party NSW.

NSW Upper House MP’s Mark Pearson (Animal Justice Party) and Cate Faehrmann (Greens) will be keynote speakers at the event.

“Behind closed doors, the NSW Government is rewriting the codes that are meant to protect koala habitat on private land, and agribusiness and logging companies are right in their ear,” said Mr Pearson, who was Deputy Chair of last year’s parliamentary inquiry into NSW koala populations.

“That’s why we’re taking to the streets – to let the Premier, Environment Minister, and Planning Minister know that we won’t stand for watered-down codes and the inevitable extinction of koalas in NSW by 2050 that will follow.”

“It’s important the people of NSW realise there are politicians on their side, working to ensure the survival of NSW’s koalas,” Mr Pearson added.

“We may have killed the Koala Kill Bill (Local Land Services Bill) last year by sending it off for inquiry, but we’ve still got the State Environment Planning Policy to contend with and that is crucial, because it’s a policy the government is working on in secret.”

Similar Koala Day of Action events are also currently confirmed for Hornsby and Lismore.

Protest organisers are also encouraging people to storm social media by using the hashtag #KoalasNeedTrees and tagging Premier Gladys Berejiklian (@GladysB), Environment Minister Matt Kean (@Matt_KeanMP) and Planning Minister Rob Stokes (@RobStokesMP).

Event details:

This is a COVID-safe event, with a maximum of 500 protestors.