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Petition to save Tinana koalas has almost 10,000 signatures

A koala, with her baby, clings to the branch of a gum tree in Henderson Park.
A koala, with her baby, clings to the branch of a gum tree in Henderson Park. Robyne Cuerel

A PETITION containing almost 10,000 signatures has been circulating in an attempt to save the Tinana koalas before the September development deadline.

Maryborough resident Audrey Robb said she started the online petition just two weeks ago and as of Thursday it had generated 9524 signatures.

"I started the petition only a couple of weeks ago after seeing the koala issue raised in the newspaper," she said.

The signatures are not just those of concerned members of the Fraser Coast community. The campaign has invoked international interest as well, with people keen to help save the three remaining blocks at Henderson Park estate in Tinana.

While just weeks ago Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell ruled out the chance of council coming forward and buying the blocks of koala habitat from developer Ron Blyth, Councillor Chris Loft said he hadn't given up hope that council might come through with a solution.

"It could come back onto the radar. We haven't yet voted on it as a council to say we definitely will not be buying a block," he said.

Cr Loft said private investment was also a possibility.

"Even if three people from the public wanted to buy the three blocks of land and dedicate them to the koalas, that would be fantastic," he said.

The petition is at www.thepetitionsite.com/638/270/182/save-koala-habitat-in-maryborough-qld-australia.

Topics:  koalas, maryborough, petition, tinana



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