This includes a range of actions to manage and reduce threats to koalas. Some threats will require statewide action and other threats need to be addressed on a local level.
What are the threats to koalas?
Many of the threats to koalas are well known:
Threats impact koalas differently across NSW. There is still more to learn about threats to koalas and the most effective actions to avoid or reduce them.
There are actions we can take, individually and as a community to reduce some of the major threats to koalas and keep them safe.
How are threats currently being managed?
Government and the community have a range of options available for managing threats. These include:
- legislation and regulatory controls
- rules set out in the planning system
- incentives for private conservation
- management of the national parks and reserves as well as other public land
- managing threats and habitat as part of the Saving our Species Program
- community effort through koala rehabilitation and on-ground action.
The community's efforts to protect koalas is greatly appreciated. Many koala rehabilitation groups and individuals play a critical front-line role, giving their time to care for injured koalas.
How will the NSW Koala Strategy help?
The NSW Koala Strategy will address threats by aligning efforts to protect koala populations. Through the Strategy the Government will work in partnership with koala rehabilitators, community organisations, land managers, local councils, local Aboriginal groups, communities, business and industry and the research sector to manage and mitigate threats.
The Strategy outlines actions for the first 3 years of our longer-term vision to stabilise and then increase koala numbers in NSW.
During this first phase the NSW Government has committed $44.7 million to deliver actions under 4 pillars:
- koala habitat conservation
- conservation through community action
- safety and health of koala populations
- building our knowledge and education
In 3 years we will evaluate the progress of the statewide and local actions and reassess the priorities for further actions. This will allow us to continuously review and update our knowledge on managing and reducing major threats to koalas.