Protecting Koalas in North Coast Areas of Regional Koala Significance

Koalas are uniquely Australian. They are one of our most loved and iconic animals and people come from all over the world to see them. Koalas, like all native animals, are culturally significant to the Indigenous People of the lands in which they live. Unfortunately, koala populations are more and more at risk of decline for a variety of reasons.

A growing human population, particularly in areas along Australia’s east coast, has led to large-scale clearing of better-quality koala habitats with many koala populations struggling within smaller, fragmented patches of poorer quality habitat. Other threats, such as drought, fire, climate change, disease, vehicle strike and dog attack are further impacting koala populations.

Creating ‘habitat refuges’ in areas remote from, and resilient to, such threats is extremely important for long-term koala persistence

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North Coast Local Land Services are collaborating with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, Local Government, Traditional Owner Groups, Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Landcare, Department of Planning Industry and Environment Koala strategy team, CSIRO and Queensland Healthy Land and Water Koala Project Team, among others.

How you can help

North Coast Local Land Services are encouraging anyone in the North Coast to log koala sightings in the NSW Government Citizen Science application - I Spy Koala. The app allows community members to record details about their sightings of koalas including information about the location and condition of the koala, as well as photos and other information.

Data from the app will be available for access through the interactive NSW Government Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) portal. The SEED

Portal was developed with and for the community of NSW as a central place for everyone to find data about the environment.

Local Land Services Staff walking through the bush looking for koalas

Protecting Koalas on the North Coast, NSW

Working in four key Areas of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS) between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour, Local Land Services is focusing on recovery actions that protect, enhance and restore Koala habitat on private land.

This project is delivered by Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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