Kick up your heels to save Macarthur koalas

There have been protests and petitions and now there’s a new way to help protect Macarthur’s koalas.

The Australian Wildlife Society will host its annual gala dinner on Saturday, July 7 at Wests League Club to raise funds in support of the region’s koala population.

President Suzanne Medway said the society decided to dedicate the evening to the beloved marsupials due to the threat of habitat destruction for future housing and roadway development.

She said the organisation had been fighting to protect and preserve the koala since 1909.

“Sadly the koala populations along the eastern coastal area continue to decline caused mainly by habitat loss, land clearing and roadkills,” she said.

“As a major national wildlife conservation society dedicated to the protection of all our native wildlife, we cannot sit idly by and allow this iconic Australian animal to die out on our watch.

“Today we are faced with continuing pressure to develop our country, but it should not be done at the expense of our precious native fauna and flora.

“Australia is a vast country, and there is room for us all – humans and our native wildlife in all its many and marvellous forms.”

Last year the gala dinner raised $32,000 to help tv personality and wildlife crusader Tim Faulkner with a breeding program for the endangered Tasmanian devil.

“We hope this year the Gala Dinner will exceed this and so we can help our mates – the Macarthur koalas,” Ms Medway said.

“So far the response to our cause has been very positive with a number of local businesses supporting us.”

Ms Medway invited Macarthur families to purchase a ticket and join them at the event.

“This is a family event and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of fun to raise awareness for the problems our local koala population is facing,” she said.

Attendees will also have the chance to get up close and personal with a koala, wombat and a baby dingo at the event.

Visit aws.org.au or call 0424 287 297 to make a booking to attend the gala dinner or make a donation.