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Deforestation And Saving Our Koalas

  • The Occidental Hotel Second floor 43 York Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia (map)

Join us on Thursday, 15 November, for our special event on

Join us for our special event on one of Australia's most iconic species, the Koala. Koala numbers have plummeted by a third in the 20 years between 1990 and 2010. Populations in NSW, QLD and the ACT are listed as vulnerable under national environmental law. 

In this EPF event, we will hear more about how the numerous impacts on Koala populations have brought us to this point, but most importantly, what can be done from here to create effective change. You can expect discussion of NSW's policies and laws, urban expansion and deforestation, conservation efforts and climate adaptation for our vulnerable species.

Hear from our panel of experts who are at the forefront of biodiversity conservation for Koalas and NSW's other vulnerable and endangered species:

  • Julie Courtemanche, Sydney Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society

  • Dr Oisín Sweeney, Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW

  • Rachel Walmsley, Policy and Law Reform Director, Environmental Defenders Office NSW

NSW is at a crucial juncture in history to help Koala populations recover and become sustainable as they live along side humans. With so much habitat already lost and fragmented, koala populations may be more susceptible to the effects of drought, climate change and disease. Urban expansion continues to threaten koalas, particularly in coastal regions, through vegetation loss, vehicle strike, and the threat of predation by dogs. However, there is a lot that can still be done to help Koala populations return to sustainable levels.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a stimulating and insightful panel event. You are warmly invited to continue the conversation and networking after the presentation. Bring your curious mind for the open floor discussion where you'll get a chance to ask our panel your burning questions.

Arrive at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm start of the presentation.

This event is free of charge due to the generosity of Ndevr Environmental.

About the Speakers:

Julie Courtemanche: Julie Coutremanche has a masters in public affairs, lobbying and public law from France and completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Australia. She spent 6 years adivising France and Belgium in the European Parliament before moving to Australia to work for the Wildernerss Society as the Sydney Campaign Manager. Julie heads up the Wilderness Society's Koala campaign to fight deforestation in NSW. 

Dr Oisín Sweeney: Oisín Sweeney is the Senior Ecologist for the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), a not-for-profit environmental NGO with 20,000 members and supporters in remote, rural and urban Australia. NPA celebrated its 60th year in 2017, and has played a key role in the creation of many of NSW’s protected areas.Oisín’s background is a mix of academic, government and, most recently, advocacy. In his role with NPA he strives to apply scientific knowledge to the policy arena and to ensure that NPA’s advocacy has a strong evidence-base. Oisín’s interests include forests, rewilding and spiny crayfish. He lives near Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast with his partner and two young kids, where he spends lots of time in national parks and face down in the water.

Rachel Walmsley: Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at EDO NSW. She has over 15 years experience working on environmental law and policy in Australia and overseas. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers and advised governments and NGOs on a range of environmental law issues, including planning, natural resource management and biodiversity laws. Rachel is Co-Consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review, a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) and a member of IUCN – World Commission on Environmental Law, and Chair of the Australian Committee of IUCN. Rachel is also a legal advisor to the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and guest lectures in environmental law.


Please note: As we are a 100% volunteer group, please be considerate and advise us if your registration changes and you cannot attend. Our gracious sponsors provide food and drink based on registered numbers. Please help our events be zero waste. 

From your 2018 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Anthony Ogilvie.

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