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October 27, 2020 - The Guardian

AUSTRALIA: Federal minister gives green light for koala habitat to be bulldozed for Port Stephens quarry

AUSTRALIA: Federal minister gives green light for koala habitat to be bulldozed for Port Stephens quarry
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More than 50 hectares of koala habitat in the New South Wales town of Port Stephens is set to be cleared after the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, approved the expansion of a quarry.

The minister, whose decision comes as the government considers the koala for an official endangered listing, said on Tuesday the department’s assessment found the development would “not rob the area of critical koala habitat”.

Local campaigners and conservationists have described the decision as heartbreaking coming after the state’s worst bushfire disaster this past summer. They said environmental conditions that require the developer to plant new trees were “a fig leaf”.

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