ON THE HUSTINGS WITH THE ANIMAL JUSTICE PARTY | 'Some things are worth more than money'

On the Hustings this week saw us meet GaeConstable and EmmaHurst, of the Animal Justice Party.

Gae is the Holsworthy candidate and Emma is running for a spot in the Legislative Council for all of NSW.

This is Gae’s first attempt at running for a political seat but she says "you have to start somewhere" and she wants to stand up for the people of Holsworthy.

"Decisions made by the Government don’t take into account the things that are meaningful to people, the things that have an intrinsic worth and can’t be monetised – our children, our animals and our environment," she said.

We met for our story at the bushland alongside Deadmans Creek on Heathcote Road.

This is one of the locations where there is a big problem facing a species that has no voice -- the iconic koala.

According to a report by the Environment Centre, koalas in south-west Sydney are known to be some of the healthiest in Australia, not suffering from chlamydia.

And these koalas need to be protected.

"Koalas, along with all of our wildlife, deserve to be safe from human intervention," Gae said.

Government decisions don’t take into account the things that have an intrinsic worth and can’t be monetised – our children, our animals and our environment.

GAE CONSTABLE, Holsworthy candidate

"And koala protection should not be politicised but it should be given bipartisan support.

"The protection of koalas will also lead to opportunities for eco-tourism.

"And proximity to the new airport at Badgerys Creek will provide an opportunity for eco-tourism, particularly for international tourists."

There has been some work done to protect koalas which can be seen with the installation of a new sign on Heathcote Road warning motorists to be careful of koalas because they're in the area.

But more needs to be done, Emma and Gae said.

Both candidates are happy that efforts are being made "but there's more that can be done".

"At a minimum, where there are koala populations there need to be overpasses and underpasses as well as fencing," Gae said.

The biggest measure to help the koala colonies is to monitor, control or stop development on any land known to have a koala population.

"We should wait until all the strategies are in place before we move forward with plans and development," Gae said.

Emma makes a big statement about koalas at Holsworthy.  "This area could be the pocket where the koala species will survive as a species," Emma said.

Both Gae and Emma agree the Holsworthy electorate is a valuable, appealing and attractive green area.

But, Emma said, "koalas should be a priority in this area and this fact doesn't seem to be reflected by the Government at this point".

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