NSW has many laws and policies that aim to protect koalas and their habitat, but on close examination, it is clear these instruments are not up to the job — they will not, for various reasons, halt the decline of koalas across NSW.

The biggest threats to the species are well known: habitat loss, modification and fragmentation, vehicle strike, dog attack, and stress-induced disease. Yet despite efforts to improve koala conservation, planning, environment and natural resource laws continue to allow koala habitat to be destroyed or degraded and the species remains at risk.

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