A Greens MP has called for urgent action to protects amid fears 85 per cent of the population on the NSW mid-north coast has been lost to bushfires.
A NSW upper house inquiry intopopulations and habitat on Monday held a hearing in Port Macquarie – which is known for its population and was ravaged by bushfires late last year.
Committee chair and NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said the hearing was told 85 per cent of thepopulation was lost in the Port Macquarie local government area.
“That’s extremely shocking and really should be a wake up call to the government to pause any threats tohabitat including logging and development in key areas,” she told AAP.
“s can’t wait six or 12 months for reports.”
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The upper house committee also visited Port MacquarieHospital where they were told of an increase in the number of dehydrated and malnourished s being brought in before the fires because of the drought.
“There are so many threats that if we are going to stop this wonderful animal from becoming extinct we have to really really prioritise securing and protecting their habitat now,” Ms Faehrmann said.
The inquiry will hold a hearing in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday after the committee visits Urunga to hear about a proposal for anational park in the area to conserve and protect the species.
The committee, which also includes two Labor and two Liberal MPs, a Nationals MP and an Animal Justice MP, is examining the impacts onpopulations and the effectiveness of policies in place to protect the species.
It is due to report back to NSW parliament by June 15.