In 2013, the Queensland government saw fit to weaken land protection laws opening up the floodgates to land clearing. Since that time, nearly 300,000 hectares of of bush have been toppled per year — more than three times the rate prior to the new regulations. Now, almost 10% of the wombat’s habitat has been or is set to be cleared in the near future.
Australia needs to take control of the land clearing that threatens to destroy even more of the northern hairy-nosed wombats habitat and damage other parts of the state’s rich biodiversity before it is too late. With only 250 animals left there is no room for error nor time for dragging feet.