The Far West and South-west Koala Management Area (KMA 7) extends west from the Hay, Ivanhoe and Wilcannia districts to encompass the western-most part of New South Wales. Most of this region is unsuitable for koalas.
Koala populations that do exist in the far west are small, scattered, low-density and mostly restricted to riparian zones and floodplains. A population is known to live in the Murray Valley National Park in the Riverina, and historical records exist for koalas around Wilcannia and Ivanhoe.
Image: Map showing the extent of the Far West and South West Koala Management Area (KMA),
with national parks, state forests, major waterways and roads.
The most likely threats to the little-studied koala populations and their habitat in KMA 7 are:
- climate change, drought and heatwaves that lead to dehydration, heat stress and increased vulnerability to disease and death
- tree die-back and changes in leaf chemistry linked to climate change
- vehicle strike
- habitat clearing and fragmentation
- almost complete lack of information on koala distribution, abundance, tree use and threats across this KMA.
Restoration of habitat
Habitat restoration aims to reduce threats to koalas, increase habitat and help conserve koala populations.
Read our Koala habitat restoration guidelines (the Guidelines) for evidence-based recommendations and best-practice methods for restoring koala habitat.
Choosing an approach
Before you choose a restoration approach, such as natural regeneration, assisted regeneration, reintroductions or a combination of these, carefully assess your site and identify:
- which plant community you aim to reinstate
- whether the site has existing native vegetation on it. If native vegetation exists, try to facilitate natural regeneration before planting or direct seeding. The Guidelines have more information.