People power to pressure politicians

Long-time campaign: Protests to protect Macarthur's koalas are not a new development. This photo was taken in Wedderburn, in 1991. Picture: David Porter
Long-time campaign: Protests to protect Macarthur's koalas are not a new development. This photo was taken in Wedderburn, in 1991. Picture: David Porter

One of Macarthur’s most passionate wildlife warriors is fed up with seeing dead koalas on the roadside.

Ricardo Lonza, admin of the popular Facebook page ‘Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown', is an animal rescuer and frequently witnesses firsthand the devastation that comes after a koala has been hit by a car or truck.

That’s why Mr Lonza is holding a peaceful rally next month to urge politicians to better protect the region’s “disease-free” koalas.

“We’re demanding all levels of government protect the koalas of south-west Sydney,” he said.

“That’s not just Campbelltown’s koalas, that’s the whole colony from Holsworthy all the way down to Wilton.

“We don’t just want empty promises, we want real action.”

Mr Lonza said local koala campaigners were desperate to see real plans for overpasses and underpasses across the busy Appin Road, where koalas are too often killed or left for dead after road accidents.

“We’ve had eight dead koalas in the past eight weeks, which is just devastating, especially considering they are disease-free,” he said.

“I was called out to a koala recently that had been hit twice, you could tell because there were two different blood pools on the road.

“Urban sprawl and overdevelopment has the koalas moving into the suburbs and into the streets, where they’re in more danger of being hit by cars or suffering dog attacks.

“We need these overpasses and underpasses, we need protective fencing on both sides of Appin Road and we need the wildlife corridors where these koalas live to be protected from development.”

The rally on Sunday, June 3 will be held at Oswald Reserve, Rosemeadow from 10.30am.

Mr Lonza is expected several hundred people to attend the peaceful protest with placards and signs.

There will also be guest speakers on the day.

Mr Lonza said people power would show politicians how important it was to protect our koalas and “give a voice to the voiceless”.

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