Koala populations across New South Wales are under increasing pressure and are declining in spite of a wide range of conservation initiatives, including protections through legislation, recovery programs and various community efforts.
This land purchase initiative will assist in the long-term conservation of the koala.
How much money is available to purchase land for koalas?
The NSW Government has allocated $10 million over five years to purchase and permanently conserve land in the national parks system that contains priority koala habitat.
Starting in 2016–17 and running through to 2020–21, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) aims to spend around $2 million each year purchasing priority koala habitat.
What is priority koala habitat?
Office of Environment and Heritage is currently analysing the best available information on koalas to identify the areas within the NSW landscape which are most strategic for koala conservation.
As a generalisation, for a property to be considered a high priority for purchase for koalas, it may contain koala habitat, evidence of use by koalas, be well-connected to surrounding vegetation or enable better management of threats to koalas in that location. In addition, the property must also be suitable for addition within the national parks system.