Council consults community on draft Koala Strategy
Published on 28 November 2023
MidCoast Council is seeking community feedback on a strategy to guide the conservation, recovery and long-term management of koala populations in the region, with three community sessions to be held next week.
Members of the community who want to share their views and local knowledge or ask questions about the project are invited to drop-in at one of the following community sessions:
- Tuesday December 5 – Tinonee Memorial School of Arts Hall, 10am – 6pm
- Wednesday December 6 – Bulahdelah School of Arts Hall, 10am – 6pm
- Thursday December 7 – MidCoast Council’s Gloucester Customer Service Point, 10am – 6pm
To book an appointment for a specific time, email [email protected].
The strategy will help guide Council’s koala conservation program, Koala Safe Spaces, which is funded by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
While the Koala Safe Spaces Program has so far focussed on gathering data and developing community awareness about koala conservation, the development of the MidCoast Koala Strategy marks a move towards documenting coordinated management actions for koala recovery and conservation on public and private land.
Council’s Natural Systems Manager, Gerard Tuckerman said the strategy will target and prioritise the conservation and land management efforts of government, organisations and community members.
“It is a critical step in reversing the decline and securing the long term viability of our local koala populations,” said Mr Tuckerman.
“Collaboration with private landholders across our catchments to manage and link up habitats is the best thing we can do for our local koalas.
“The strategy will be informed by koala sightings data, habitat mapping, applied scientific knowledge and the ideas and perspectives of stakeholders and the community.”
Feedback can also be provided online at haveyoursay.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/koala-strategy until 11 February.
In addition, Council is encouraging the community to continue reporting koala sightings on public and private land at midcoast.nsw.gov.au/koalasafespaces.
Participation in management and conservation actions identified on private land within the MidCoast Koala Strategy will be entirely voluntary.
“There is already considerable interest from landholders in koala conservation in the MidCoast area,” explained Mr Tuckerman.
“Numerous landholders, organisations and community groups have been undertaking restoration and conservation activities over a number of years.
“This interest has increased since the 2019 bushfires, the uplifting of the threatened status of koalas to endangered, and the release of the NSW Koala Strategy.”
Once the draft strategy is developed it will be placed on public exhibition for community feedback.