Boost to koala conservation with 19 projects announced

Nineteen koala conservation projects, totalling $800,000, will be delivered over the next 12 months. The new projects will span NSW from Ballina and Byron Bay in the north to Gunnedah, the Southern Tablelands, Blue Mountains and Campbelltown in Greater Sydney.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in gum tree

The projects will build on work that is already underway as well as inject life into new projects. One of the projects will see $80,000 invested to better understand koala disease through the development of a state-wide profile of koala disease – and the investigation will expand beyond chlamydia*.

Details of some of the koala projects to be delivered this year include:

  • Wollondilly - $101,000 to better record habitat and manage prescribed burns, wildfires and vehicle strike
  • Port Stephens - $30,000 to identify koala habitats at risk during intense prescribed burns or wildfires
  • Southern Coastal Forests - $55,000 to improve understanding of koala disease, manage prescribed burns and wildfires and prevent other loss and modification of habitat.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) released into the wildA further $2.4million will also be invested over the next 3 years as part of the 4 year Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project.

In addition to the 19 projects under the Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project, the NSW Koala Strategy will complement the Saving our Species projects.

The koala is a vulnerable and iconic species in NSW under the Saving our Species program and its declining population in key areas of the state was reported by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer in 2016.

Learn more about the Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project 2017–21 and the investment for 2017–18.

*Chlamydia is a highly infectious and weakening bacterial disease which affects a koala’s fertility.