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Wombat Fire Deaths Must be Investigated

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The wombat deaths in Kelso in Northern Tasmania, as a result of an intentionally-lit gorse fire, are a tragic loss for the local wildlife population.  Reports suggest 13 wombats have perished as a result their burrows being burnt and buried from the gorse-clearing exercise on privately owned land.  

It’s a huge blow for the species, and the local community members, who were treating a number of them for Sarcoptic Mange now widespread in the adjoining Narawntapu National Park.

Wombat Culls Must Be Banned

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson

The government’s announcement that three of the four current wombat cull permits are to be revoked comes after months of pressure from the community, in large part the Wombat Warriors, and support of the Greens in Parliament.

While the revocation is welcome, it falls far short of a real ban.  

A ban on crop protection permits being issued for wombats is the only way to prevent localised extinction and ensure survival of the species.

Wombat Mange Needs Real Government Action

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Terrestrial Environment spokesperson

The government's announcement of $100,000 is a positive step, but much more needs to be done to save the Tasmanian wombat population from the spread of sarcoptic mange.

The spread of wombat mange across the State is a symptom of the desperate underfunding of the Parks and Wildlife Service.  While the government is providing some funds for research and volunteers, they are starving Parks of the funds it needs to save the wombat.

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