From December 2016 to March 2017, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) sought feedback from the community on how to develop an effective NSW Koala Strategy through a number of public engagement activities.
Members of the community and stakeholder groups were invited to tell us what action, or research, they think needs to be undertaken to stabilise and then increase koala numbers in New South Wales. The community's feedback on what should be included in the strategy is vital to building a strong strategy. To support community engagement in this process, OEH ran 7 community information sessions, hosted an online public information session and invited written submissions.
The government also invited community feedback on the draft Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project, which sets out a framework for on-ground koala conservation actions for 2016 to 2021.
Public submissions closed on the 3 March 2017.
We have provided a summary of the public engagement activities and the key issues raised by stakeholders and community members through written submissions in the Developing a whole-of-government NSW Koala Strategy: Public engagement summary report.
We received a total of 4080 submissions on developing the NSW Koala Strategy, including approximately 3800 form submissions. We received 34 submissions on the draft Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project.