2.144 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government fund research into the genetic diversity of the koala including a
population viability assessment of the southern koala and determining priority
areas for conservation nationally.
2.147 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government fund a properly designed, funded and implemented national koala
monitoring and evaluation program across the full range of the koala.
2.153 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government establish a nationally coordinated and integrated program for
population monitoring of threatened species and other culturally, evolutionary
and/or economically significant species.
2.155 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government assist the koala research community and interested organisations to
work towards a standardised set of methodologies for estimating koala
2.160 The committee recommends that the Threatened
Species Scientific Committee provide clearer information to the Environment
Minister in all future threatened species listing advices, including species
population information, and that the Threatened Species Scientific Committee
review its advice to the Minister on the listing of the koala in light of the
findings of this inquiry.
3.127 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government undertake habitat mapping across the koala's national range,
including the identification of priority areas of koala conservation, with a
view to listing important habitat under the provisions of the Environment
Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
3.129 The committee recommends that the habitat maps
be used to identify and protect important habitat in known koala ranges.
3.131 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government review its land holdings which contain koala habitat and consider
biodiversity, and specifically koala populations, in the management and sale of
3.134 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government actively consider options for recognition and funding for private
land holders for the conservation of koala habitat.
4.44 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government fund research into koala disease, including the viability of
vaccination programs and the effect of changes in leaf chemistry.
4.46 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government fund the Koala Research Network's request for a Research Liaison
4.77 The committee recommends that the Australia
Government consider further wild dog control options in priority koala areas.
4.90 The committee recommends that local and state
appropriate speed limits in priority koala areas; and
where appropriate, build or retrofit underpasses or overpasses for major roads
in priority koala areas as well as installing koala fencing adjacent to major
4.92 The committee recommends where the Australian
Government provides funding for roads or other infrastructure in or adjacent to
koala habitat, it be contingent on the provision of adequate koala protections.
4.94 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government work with the states to develop new national guidelines to ensure
that all new roads and upgrades in or adjacent to koala habitat are
5.78 The committee recommends that the Environment
Minister consider the evidence provided to this inquiry when making his final
decision on listing the koala as a threatened species.
5.82 The committee recommends the Environment
Minister consider options to improve the conservation status of the diverse and
rapidly declining koala populations in New South Wales and Queensland to ensure
a nationally resilient population is maintained. These options include listing
the koala as vulnerable under the EPBC Act in areas where populations have
declined significantly or are at risk of doing so.
6.46 The committee recommends that an independent
external review be conducted on the National Koala Conservation and Management
Strategy to monitor the adequacy of progress. The review should assess and
report on the progress made at the strategy's midpoint.
6.47 The review must include an assessment of the:
implementation to date and prospects into the future;
effectiveness in stabilising koala numbers in areas of declining population,
and in reducing the pressure of overabundant populations;
level of ambition, including whether new elements are required; and
of the Commonwealth's and the states' respective roles and funding commitments.
6.52 The committee recommends that the Australian
Government adequately resource the National Koala Conservation and Management
Strategy, and ensure that it is properly implemented through committing to a
much stronger leadership role.
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