Nature conservation

Threatened species

Koala, Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens population (Phascolarctos cinereus - endangered population)



Action Statement

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This is an Endangered Population

Conservation status

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure this population in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this endangered population be managed?

Key management sites for this endangered population are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the endangered population. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this endangered population.

A number of state-wide conservation actions have been identified for this endangered population, which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

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  • Coordinate implementation of recovery actions to ensure effective and cost-effective implementation. This will include the formation of a koala working group consisting of members of local government and the community.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of recovery actions in achieving recovery objectives. Include in the monitoring project an assessment of the status of the population.
  • Identify and map koala habitat in the Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens area and produce a report. Key attributes to be included in the map are provided in the approved recovery plan.
  • Areas of koala habitat identified during the mapping process will be prioritised for active habitat management and monitoring/conservation and assessment of the need for critical habitat declaration, in consultation with the koala working group.
  • Establish a survey program to determine if areas to the north and west of Hawkes Nest and tea Gardens represent a source of new individuals into the Endangered Koala population.
  • Prepare survey and assessment guidelines and distribute to relevant authorities. The guidelines will focus on identification of potential koala habitat and faecal pellet evidence of habitat use.
  • Identify traffic blackspots for koalas in order to minimise incidents of death or injury on roads.
  • Implement strategic streetscaping and traffic calming activities at identified traffic blackspots. The process is to be guided by a set of principles identified in the recovery plan.
  • Prepare a companion animal policy that facilitates effective enforcement of the Companion Animals Act to reduce and manage threats to local koalas from domestic dogs.
  • Coordinate dog (feral and Dingoes) control in the wider Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens area to reduce the incidents of dog attacks.
  • Liaise with Local Government to provide appropriate zoning for identified koala habitat to maximise it's long term protection. Areas of consideration are identified in the approved recovery plan.
  • Advise land managers of site protection measures such as Vacs, Wildlife Refuge, JMAs and other non-statutory habitat protection measures.
  • Support Bush Fire Management Committees to include koalas and their habitat in Bush Fire Risk Management Plans and Plans of Operation.
  • Ensure consideration of this Koala population in Council plans of management.
  • Ensure consideration of this Koala population in plans of management for Myall Lakes Pational Park.
  • Provide koala habitat rehabilitation and restoration advice to individuals, community groups and government agencies.
  • Establish a database to maintain records of koalas in the Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens area.
  • Develop and implement a broad scale education and awareness strategy to provide information on the Koala population, its conservation, threatening processes and mechanisms and incentives available to protect them and distribute to all stakeholders.
  • Develop an information exchange system for wildlife carers to ensure sick, injured or orphaned Koalas are treated with a consistent and high standard of care.
  • Identify appropriate release sites for rehabilitated koalas that cannot be released at the point of capture. Encourage wildlife rehabilitation groups to consult with the working group prior to relocation of rehabilitated koalas.
  • Identify priority areas for work in each Koala Management Area & provide technical advice & support, for koala habitat rehabilitation/revegetation activities undertaken by individuals, community groups & government agencies.
  • Map and/or model koala distribution throughout the species' distribution in NSW.
  • Management of all DEC-managed land will specifically provide for the protection of koalas, through Plans of Management, Pest Management Plans, Fire Management Plans and Reviews of Environmental Factors etc.
  • Accredited and licensed wildlife rehabilitation groups will continue to rescue and rehabilitate injured, orphaned and/or diseased koalas according to the DEC policy "Koala Care in NSW: Guidelines and Conditions".
  • Advise land managers of site protection measures such as VCAs, Wildlife Refuge, JMAs and other non-statutory habitat protection measures.

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