Koala Connections

Welcome to the Saving our Species (SoS) newsletter’s regular series Koala Connections where we cover the latest on our iconic species, the koala.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

New koala project announced for NSW’s north

In a boost for koala conservation in New South Wales, the NSW Government recently announced $450,000 in new SoS funding to help conserve some of NSW’s most significant koala populations.

In the state’s mid north coast, $450,000 will go to the Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils, and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Habitat restoration, community education and awareness programs, veterinary care, landholder engagement and a full-time koala conservation officer will all be funded as part of this new project.

As well as restoring koala habitat in local bushland, the funding will also provide scope for working with private landholders to negotiate voluntary conservation agreements.

In November 2018, Wingecarribee Shire Council in the Southern Highlands also received $450,000 over three years for koala conservation.

Koala Hospital staff member standing in front of the Koala Hospital sign.

Top to bottom: Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) Photo: D Lunney/OEH; Cheyne Flanagan, Director Clinical Services, Port Macquarie Koala Hospital Photo: W Quilliam