Sometimes I have these incredible feelings of despair as I drive around the Sunshine Coast area. There is just so much clearing of vegetation under way.
This week, on the way to the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah, there were huge tracts of forest cleared along the highway. Huge piles of mulch were all that were left. How many native animals go through the chippers? Sadly, it is soon forgotten that there were any trees even there. This is just one little area. Unfortunately, there are just too many people, and too many facilities needed to provide for them.
I have two adorable little short-billed corella chicks in care. These had to be removed from their home and their parents. A beautiful area of eucalypt forest had to be destroyed, again to feed the demands of we humans. The rain meant that these little birds had a few more days with their parents, but eventually they had to be taken from the beautiful hollow, leaving the adult birds confused and distressed as their home territory was decimated.
Why is this done in springtime when the hollows, which have taken numerous decades to form, are filled with chicks, possum and glider joeys and scampering little reptiles. Echidna puggles are hidden in burrows under logs and mulch. It is all a tragedy and I wonder how some people sleep at night.
How are private landholders allowed to clear large areas of trees, leaving a lunar landscape? Are these people still living in the dark ages? Buy a rural property and then clearfell it? The benefits of leaving trees on farming land has long been known, but there are still dinosaurs out there who believe that removing every tree is going to make the land more productive.
The koala population, or lack of it, is indicative of where our future lies. We can kiss them goodbye. Those that are remaining come into care needing extensive veterinary treatment for devastating diseases, the cause of which leads back again to the destruction of their environment. Then there are so many that meet with car accidents and dog attacks. Human impact again. Koala extinction is a reality unless something is done now to try to prevent the inevitable.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au