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Restoring koala homes: a united partnership to help our furry friends

Restoring koala homes: a united partnership to help our furry friends

At NRMA, it’s our mission to help like no other. And one way we can achieve this is by helping those who need it most.

According to a report released by WWF Australiaand the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), koalas are on track to be extinct by 2050 if current land clearing rates continue.

To help ensure the future and longevity of our country’s native marsupials, we’ve created home insurance for koalas. For the rest of the year, NRMA will plant a new tree for every new home insurance policy purchased – creating new homes for our country’s fluffy friend.

To add to our mission, we’ve combined forces with our partners, the Brisbane Broncosand Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), to help restore koala homes.

On July 29, Brisbane Broncos players and CVA volunteers joined Queensland locals in planting a mixture of food trees and habitat trees to provide new koala homes at Quinlan Street, Bracken Ridge.

NRMA Insurance Broncos Sponsorship Executive Shantelle Jackson said Broncos players Kotoni Staggs, Thomas Flegler and Rhys Kennedy relished in the chance to plant trees, and by doing so, made a positive impact in restoring the habitat of Australia’s beloved koala.

“We were very grateful for the opportunity that NRMA Insurance provided to us to attend this event and even more so, that we can use the partnership as a vehicle to inspire others to become volunteers and help their community,” she enthused.

Shantelle said the Brisbane NRL club felt very fortunate to be involved in a number of initiatives through their charity partners and sponsors.

“As the NRMA Insurance Broncos, we have an obligation to support the community that supports our club,” she added. “In this instance, that extends to our furry little friends.”

By taking part in the conservation movement, the players and community didn’t only give back to the Queensland koala community, but also learnt about the threats affecting their native environment.

“The Brisbane Broncos were made aware of the threat to the Koala’s habitat and used their profiles to further communicate the conservation message,” Shantelle said.

In a press release addressing the destruction of koala territories, WWF Australia conservationist Stuart Blanch said in order to salvage the koala habitat for future generations, excessive tree-clearing needs to stop.

“The clearing destroyed habitat for 71 threatened species, including koalas. The forests that were bulldozed meant there are now fewer trees to make rain, cool the weather and store carbon.”

When asked about what a world without koalas would look like, Shantelle said she hopes to never see the day.

“We hope that day doesn’t occur and as the Broncos, we are thrilled to have played a very minor role in creating new homes for the koala and ultimately being a part of their conservation.”

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