Community updates and news
Citizen scientists needed for koala monitoring program
Residents living in or near koala habitat can now help track Campbelltown’s koala population as part of the largest monitoring program ever conducted in the region.
A key part of Council’s Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management, is to set up a long-term koala monitoring program to better inform understanding of the local koala colony’s locations, movements and numbers.
Council is looking for residents living on properties larger than 10,000m2 in rural areas of Macquarie Fields, Long Point, Ingleburn, Minto Heights, Kentlyn and Wedderburn to be part of the program.
Koalatown room opens at Visitor Information Centre
Visitors and residents can now learn about Campbelltown’s unique local koala population in the new Koalatown room at the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre.
The room contains a wealth of educational information on the local koala colony including European and Aboriginal historical information and ways we can protect our koalas.
Visitors can also go on a ‘pick your koala’ adventure by getting information on the best places to find koala habitat and tips for when they are onsite to increase chances of seeing a koala in the wild.
Draft conservation plan announced
This week, the NSW State Government has unveiled the draft Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan which is now available for public comment.
We are always excited for anything that will help to conserve critical biodiversity and are taking the time to review and respond to the plan.
Submissions closed on 25 September 2020.
Experts advice to protect Campbelltown koala population
An independent panel of koala expert scientists have provided the NSW Government its report into the protection of koalas in Campbelltown.
This NSW Chief Scientist report includes proposed measures to help conserve our koala habitat that we are always interested to see.
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Koala habitat restoration project
We have started the next stage of Smiths Creek Enhancing Koala Habitat project at Ruse.
So far, we and the Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Bushcare volunteers have restored 30ha of this Ruse site, which is the largest urban bushland reserve in Campbelltown.
Koala Plan of Management approved
Our comprehensive Koala Plan of Management has been approved by the State Government, facilitating further protections to our koala habitat.
Improving koala habitat at Ingleburn
Koalas travelling through Ingleburn Reserve will now have even more options thanks to 15,000 trees planted as part of our Strategic Koala Revegetation project to improve vegetation and increase canopy cover.
First official Koalatown school
We are really excited to have named our first Koalatown school. Campbelltown East Public School have been officially recognised supporters of Koalatown, during a tree planting event at their school in August.