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The Northern Highland Koala and the Perils of Pumped Hydro

Welcome to a new revelation in our continuous journey to protect Eungella's irreplaceable environment. A remarkable discovery that underscores the urgency of our cause - the existence of the Northern Highland Koala, a unique koala population residing within and around the proposed site for Queensland Hydro’s gargantuan Pioneer Burdekin Pumped Hydro project.

A koala in a tree
Northern Highland Koala in Eungella

A Unique Koala Population Under Threat

The Northern Highland Koala, a name proposed by the passionate team at Earth Animal - Australia, represents a distinctive group of koalas that have so far been found between 800 - 900 meters above sea level within the Eungella region and surrounding areas that would be affected by the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project. This discovery is not just fascinating; it's a clarion call to action. These koalas, thriving in their unique rainforest and eucalyptus habitats, face an existential threat if the pumped hydro project proceeds.

Research Efforts Unearth Critical Findings

The Earth Animal Australia team, comprising environmental managers, wildlife biologists, scientists, and community members, has conducted extensive research over the past six months. This groundbreaking environmental report, soon to be released, is crucial, given the lack of any substantial Environmental Impact Assessment prior to the commencement of drilling for the pumped hydro project.

Ethical Concerns and Community Backlash

The way this project has progressed – leaping from a desktop study straight to drilling – has not only blindsided the community but also raised serious ethical and professional concerns. The lack of transparency and due diligence in assessing the environmental impact is alarming. Gathering information about the project's impact areas has been a challenge, akin to "pulling teeth." Yet, the community, supported by Earth Animal, has taken it upon themselves to identify the potential harm to the myriad of species in the area. The report's findings, backed by specialists in various fields, are expected to be a game-changer in our fight against the Pioneer Burdekin Pumped Hydro Dam.

A Unified Stand Against Environmental Disaster

As Queenslanders and Australians come together to oppose these unethical renewable energy projects, we continue to urge the government to halt this catastrophic destruction. The fate of the Northern Highland Koala, along with other species and the community’s welfare, hangs in the balance.

Our Plea for Preservation

We stand united with Earth Animal - Australia and the wider community in our commitment to safeguard the Northern Highland Koala and every other species that calls Eungella home. The Pioneer Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project, as it stands, represents not just an environmental misstep, but a glaring oversight of the ecological gems that make our region unique and invaluable.

Join us in this crucial fight to protect our environment, our community, and the hidden treasures of Eungella.



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