Rescued koalas have begun to be returned to their habitats and populations are recovering months after fires grazed through NSW. Yet, with the approval of logging in key habitat regions, new fears have emerged over continued threats to the species’ survival.
A Newsworthy Feature
As bushfires swept across NSW last season, the impact on wildlife was a significant issue with high volumes of media coverage. Koalas were especially impacted with a quarter of their habitats destroyed in eastern NSW. The proposed feature will explore the current conditions of koala populations and the potential threats to their survival as the state recovers.
This is a timely issue with a number of developments in NSW in recent weeks including:
- The release of treated kolas into their habitats
- Reports of planned logging to begin in unburnt areas
- The NSW Environmental Protection Authority’s approval of logging in burnt areas
- A release of the Natural Resources Commission’s report on the extent of increased land clearing since 2016.
This will continue to be timely with the report on the NSW Upper House inquiry into koala populations and habitat due by June 15.
Chosen Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald
The article is proposed to be published in the ‘Environment’ section of the Sydney Morning Herald. The paper reports regularly on environmental protection and conservation issues and has been covering recent developments closely.
The subject matter is expected to appeal to a broad audience. Due to the intensity of the bushfires and the far reaching impact, coverage over the last summer was popular across multiple demographics. The Sydney Morning Herald grew its digital and print readership to 8 million in December last year during its coverage of the fires and their impacts on wildlife. It therefore is a prime publication to reach a broad target audience interested in the topic.
Sources of Information
I intend to collect information from a wide range of sources to represent the differing views on the issue. These will include interviews with individuals and organisations who are involved in koala conservation and rehabilitation, those who oppose logging in these regions, and those who have approved or support the logging.
Organisations involved in koala conservation and rehabilitation include:
Organisations and individuals opposed to the logging include:
- North East Forest Alliance
- Nature Conservation Council
- The Numbucca Valley Conservation Association
- NSW Environmental Defenders Office
- NSW MP Justin Field
Organisations that have approved or support the logging include:
- NSW Forestry Corporation
- Australian Forests Products Association
- NSW Environmental Protection Authority
Other sources of information will include reports and surveys from the NSW government, forestry industry, and animal and environmental organisations on koala populations and conservation, submissions and hearings from the NSW Upper House inquiry into koala populations and habitat, and scientific papers on conservation and forestry management.
Multimedia, Hypertext & Interactivity
The article will contain various types of multimedia, hypertext and interactive features including:
- Images and videos of koalas being taken care of and released into their natural habitat
- A geographical map of the koala habitat regions approved to be logged, which users can click on for key information about koala numbers
- Sliders comparing areal images of forests before and after logging and bushfires
- Hyperlinks to sources