The South Coast Koala Management Area (KMA 3) extends from the Shoalhaven region to the Victorian border on the New South Wales south coast.
Koala populations in KMA 3 are patchy and sparse. Koalas live around the southern fringes of the Bega Valley (Eden), in coastal forests near Bermagui, the Shoalhaven Gorge area and within Morton National Park and surrounds.
The distribution and abundance of some of these populations are not well understood.
Image: Map showing the extent of the South Coast Koala Management Area (KMA),
with national parks, state forests, major waterways and roads.
Koalas and koala habitat in KMA 3 are threatened by:
- lack of knowledge about these low-density populations and the threats they face
- habitat clearing and fragmentation due to rural residential development
- small numbers of koalas in isolated groups can lead to localised extinction
- bushfires cause koala death, small isolated groups are particularly at risk
- vehicle strike
- canopy dieback across a range of plant species
- potential negative impact of myrtle rust on eucalypts.
Restoration of habitat
Habitat restoration aims to reduce threats to koalas, increase habitat and help conserve koala populations.
Read our Koala habitat revegetation guidelines for evidence-based recommendations and best-practice methods for restoring koala habitat.