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Saving Australia’s wildlife is the best way to honour Prince Philip’s legacy

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Prince Philip’s remarks at the opening of the Australian Mint in 1965, recently aired by Geraldine Doogue on RN’s Saturday Extra, were an early marker of his impressive credentials as an environmentalist.  At that time, the Duke of Edinburgh didn’t hold back in warning his audience that Australia’s native wildlife was […]

Sydney’s food bowl at risk

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Last Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that the Berejiklian government had reached an in-principle agreement with acting Nationals leader Paul Toole to weaken the Koala State Environment Planning Policy (Koala SEPP) in preparation for its cabinet meeting this week.  Needless to say, the relaxation of the rules governing koala habitat protection […]

Could the coronavirus pandemic save the koalas?

By MERRILL WITT On Mon 19 March, the Total Environment Centre’s Urban Sustainability Campaigner, Saul Deane, told ABC radio Breakfast hosts Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck that the growing southwestern Sydney koala population is at risk of being wiped out. Vast swathes of rural land from Campbelltown to Wilton are being rezoned for up to […]

Can local character be saved?

Opinion by MERRILL WITT Earlier this year two strange bedfellows, Tony Recsei of Save our Suburbs and Chris Johnson, the former CEO of the developer lobby group Urban Taskforce, joined together to co-write an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald that was critical of the NSW Government’s push for more medium-density housing in Sydney’s suburbs. […]

Is it too late to save koalas?

BY MERRILL WITT Current predictions for the future of wild koalas in NSW are very grim, according to testimony given by scientific and environmental experts at last Friday's Upper House inquiry into “Koala populations and habitat in NSW.” Sydney University’s Associate Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences Mathew Crowther, whose research focus is the Liverpool […]

THE NAKED CITY – HELLO POSSUMS!

With a prediction that koalas in NSW could be extinct in the wild by 2050, the time has surely come to look at new ways of preserving our native fauna. It’s long been advocated that restrictions on owning and raising domestic wildlife by members of the public be greatly relaxed as one way of increasing […]