This is still one of the biggest threats to wildlife throughout the world, including Australia, and is still continuing at a high rate,esepcially affecting animals that need:
A particular habitat type which is now scarce. Large home ranges, Particular resources (e.g. hollow branches in mature trees, special food items). To move between habitat types that are no longer adjacent. To migrate, and can’t fly long distances or traverse open spaces.
When a forest is cleared or a marsh drained, the animals generally cannot simply move into another locality. Even if suitable habitat exists it may not be reachable or is very likely to already have inhabitants that will not tolerate the newcomers.
Recent land-clearing figures show a disastrous increase in land-clearing rates in Queensland, including in Great Barrier Reef catchments, resulting in tens of millions of native animals being killed every year and countless habitats destroyed.
Right now, we have a massive land-clearing crisis on our hands. We simply can’t keep bulldozing our native woodlands. That’s not a pathway to a healthy, sustainable future.
Source: Wildlife Tourism Australia