It was extraordinary to see a Public Notice ad in last week’s Camden Haven Courier (December 13) from the Koala Hospital proclaiming that they had no association with me (G Henshaw) founder of Living with Koalas.
I am assuming that only the staff of the hospital and misinformed volunteers needed to clarify that.
Since the launch of the Living with Koalas initiative this year on World Threatened Species Day (7th September) I have had meetings and correspondence with the Port Macquarie mayor, councillors, state and federal politicians, local media, businesses, school principals and hundreds of concerned individuals who are all very clear that living with koalas is not part of the Koala Hospital.
I am so supportive of the great work the Hospital does and we may indeed raise funds to donate to their charity.
We particularly promote the fantastic work of Landcare and guide people to their websites if they want to make a charitable donation.
Living with Koalas is not a charity or a government organisation. We are utilising business, marketing and creative skills to raise awareness and money to help with the plight of koalas in the wild.
And, as I now live in the Camden Haven, we are focusing at launch (with a planned national roll out) on the plight of the the local Port Macquarie/Hastings koala population now thought to be as little as 2,000 with the real threat of extinction within 25 years.
Clearly more voices are needed for this vulnerable species. Full details of our work can be found on www.lwk.net.au