Local Council is pro-development since almagamation. The environment is taking a backseat to assets that return money or are larger election issues like potholes or sports. State Government has also changed to a less environmentally-focused one not to say the previous one did any better.
I used to have a fair bit to do with the koala groups (local protection) and not one person was positive about their future. Of course, we have to keep trying but the larger issues like habitat destruction and fragmentation are ignored and fences are put up, or studies are commissioned. Not to mention the two ridiculous flashing signs they have at the moment - Koala Area. Slow Down.
Keep Planting. Never Stop. Always Improve on What You Have Got.