MidCoast Koala Mapping

Koalas

MidCoast Council is calling on residents to report sightings of koalas as part of a project that maps and defines the distribution, population and trends of the species across the Council region.   The project is funded by a $33,000 NSW Government grant as part of the Saving Our Species Iconic Koala Project.

"Defining the nature of our local koala populations and better understanding the range of threats affecting them will be critical to conserving the species into the future" says Council's Senior Ecologist, Mat Bell.

“It has been widely reported that koala populations across most parts of NSW are declining.  Unfortunately, this also appears to be the case for koalas across the MidCoast” said Mat Bell. 

This funding from the NSW Government will allow Council to engage with the community, key stakeholders and relevant experts to identify where local koala hotspots are. We can then better understand local population trends, determine the amount of habitat that is presently available and better define, and then respond to, the range of threats.  Such threats can include habitat loss as well as dog attacks, road-kills and disease. 

“We are confident that this project will assist Council’s wider koala conservation and planning efforts" said Mat Bell.

The first phase of the project is to compile a database of all available koala records. In this regard, community input is being sought.

“Landholders and community members are very important sources of information.  Council is asking the community to report sightings,” Mr Bell said.

You can report koala sightings via the online form below.

Koala stakeholder workshops will also be undertaken as part of the project. 

“Our long term aim is to ensure that koalas are present in the natural landscapes of MidCoast Council for many generations to come. The more people who contribute to this project, the more it will help us achieve this aim."

By conserving koalas, we are also enhancing natural landscapes for other wildlife and for a range of other benefits, such as better water quality, improved landscape amenity and recreational and tourism benefits.


Report a Koala Sighting Here

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  1. Catherine Grimwood
    What sort of trees should I plant for local koalas in Wingham and where do I buy them?
    1. MidCoast Council
      Local koalas in Wingham seem to prefer to eat leaves of:

      • Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys)
      • Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis)
      • Slaty Red Gum (Eucalyptus glaucina)
      • Grey Gum (Eucalyptus punctata)

      They also eat or browse on leaves of:

      • Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus placita)
      • Cabbage Gum (Eucalyptus amplifolia)

      Council may be able to provide Koala food trees (tubestock) from Council's nursery to interested landholders. You can contact Council's Senior Ecologist for further information on 6591 7222
  2. Nicole Heta
    Hi,
    I have a property at Coomba Bay that backs onto Wallingat NP and I have koala food trees on my property. I would like to help in the conservation of these threatened species.
    1. MidCoast Council
      Moderator
      Thanks very much for your interest in koala conservation in our area. I have passed your message on to Council's Natural Systems Branch. Mat Bell, Council's Senior Ecologist, has advised that Council are very happy to assist landholders willing to protect and conserve koalas and other threatened species on their land. You can contact Mat via telephone through Council's phone number 6591 7222. Council has a number of koala conservation projects on at the moment.
    2. Sue Crabbe
      Have you seen koalas in the area where you live? I also back onto the Wallingat and saw one on the Lakes Way a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Karen Shepard
    I would like to see big holes dug out in the creek bed, so the water lasts longer for wildlife in dry times.
    Make this road a 40 Zone.
    Ban trail bikes from this valley, both on the road and private property. I have seen them frighten Koalas.
    Make a law to restrain dogs in known Koala areas.
    This is great and well over due......so let's get serious.
  4. Kathleen Niksic
    Concerned about the speed of cars & work vehicles along the Bootawa area.
    Looking for council assistance with signage & posted speed signs. No current posted speeds on our road.
    Willing to be involved in other wildlife protection projects with council areas. Your input would be valuable!
    Kind regards,

    Kallee (Kathleen) Niksic
    1. MidCoast Council
      Moderator
      Thanks for your care and interest.

      Council is working with expert researchers to better understand the really important koala population in the Bootawa area.

      This will assist highlight koala roadkill blackspots. We will try to respond to identified blackspot areas, with actions such as signage and better roadside management.

      We will advertise where there are any citizen science or volunteer opportunities within Council wildlife programs.

      Thanks again.
  5. Helen Kvelde
    We would like to be involved in any action to try to protect save koalas.
  6. Kirrilly Barnard
    My parents live at Bohnock and I am currently doing some weed removal works of the Camphaloral tree. I would like to replace this with some Eucalyptus for Koala food. Can you recommend the best trees?
    1. Nick Day
      Moderator
      Firstly, we recognise and appreciate your efforts to remove the invasive and damaging camphor laurels and replacing these with native trees. For the Bohnock area, we suggest planting a mix of the following eucalyptus species: forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis), swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) and in drier areas, grey gum (Eucalyptus punctata) and tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys). Council may be able to assist your efforts by providing tubestock plants for planting. You can contact Council’s Natural Systems Branch through our customer service team on 6591 7222.
  7. HELEN ANDERSON
    Whatever protects our Koala population, I am in favour of.and totally in favour of preserving the trees on Manor Road. While ever Koalas are in Manor Road, that is even more reason for trees for be protected and preserved at Harrington. Koalas in Care, at Taree do a magnificent job, nursing and rehabilitating injured Koalas in the region. Koalas in Care Inc., are working full-time on injured/sick koalas that come into their care. It is up to the community to consider and respect our wildlife
  8. Sandra Guyot
    What trees should I plant in Pindimar for the koalas
    1. Nick Day
      Moderator
      For the Pindimar area, if you are on the drier areas, we suggest planting tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys), forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) and grey gum (Eucalyptus punctata). If you are in a wetter or sandy area, we suggest forest red gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) and swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta). Council may be able to assist your efforts by providing tubestock plants for planting. You can contact Council’s Natural Systems Branch through the customer team on 65917222.
  9. Denise Cohen
    After a few sightings along Diamond Beach Road an awareness & slow down sign would be a very good idea. Maybe bring up at next Council meeting. Also Blackhead Road sign needs replacing due to the fires
    1. Nick Day
      Moderator
      The placement of koala warning speed advisory signs along Diamond Beach Road, particularly in the area between Red Head Road turn-off and facing north at Panorama Drive is supported by Council’s Senior Ecologist due to the record of recent koala sightings in the area.
      Your suggestion has been forwarded to the Transport Assets section for further consideration.
  10. HELEN ANDERSON
    A total of five Koalas have been sighted in the vicinity of Manor Road, Harrington, since 20/12/19. A juvenile koala is regularly sighted in a swamp mahogany tree at the rear of the Big 4 Colonial CVP by a resident of the park. This resident and I have a good relationship in that she keeps me up-to-date on her sightings. There are pellet type droppings at the base of the tree, but I am unsure of the species. I understand the koala climbs the tree in the early morning and dusk.
  11. HELEN ANDERSON
    (i)Prior to Harrington bushfires in October 2019, a roadside sign was installed by the MidCoast Council, Taree on the approach to Harrington, on the Harrington Road. The sign was to encourage motorists to reduce their speed, in preparation for the 60kmh speed zone fronting the Big4 Colonial Caravan Park on the Harrington Road. To my knowledge, this area was used by koalas to cross the road, gaining access to the Crowdy Bay National Park, and to Christie's Lane. I also believe the message on the road sign included the serious smoke haze at the time, emitting from the serious bushfires. If a similar sign could be placed by the MidCoast Council at this point, motorists would take notice, and lessen their speed. Just because the roadside sign has been removed from there, it does not give permission for motorists to speed. It is noted that the majority of road traffic drives in excess of the 60kmh in the Big 4 Colonial CVP area anyhow. It does not appear that the 60kmh has any influence on motorists (ii) I believe our area's landholders should be included in the Stakeholder Workshops as they have a responsibility toward our native wildlife regarding land clearing, water resources, and tree planting etc.