Koala population monitoring program

Koala hugging a tree while sleeping
Koala at Cook Park, Ruse

One of the actions of our Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM) has been to monitor our koalas over time.

We've been surveying private property in key koala habitat within the rural areas of Long Point, Ingleburn, Minto Heights, Kentlyn and Wedderburn.

Thank you to these passionate residents for getting involved, you can now view a full copy of the Koala Monitoring Report(PDF, 7MB).

The koala monitoring program has seen multiple plots surveyed for the presence and absence of koala scat using the RapidSAT assessment technique across private and public lands across the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA).

Koala Monitoring Process

Koalatown - Koala Monitoring Process from Campbelltown City Council on Vimeo.

What we hope to learn

The more we know about our local koalas, the more we can do to support their overall health and survival.

This project will form part of a long term monitoring strategy developed in partnership with koala experts, universities, wildlife organisations and the community to monitor changes in distribution, health and abundance of our koalas over time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this study?

There have been a number of studies into areas of Campbelltown during the past decade, and updating this information with current and accurate figures will help us to understand the overall health of our koala population. It’s an action of the Campbelltown Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPOM)(PDF, 12MB) (P44).

Where is the study area?

The study will target private and public lands across the Campbelltown Local Government Area (LGA) with a main focus on rural properties with native remnant (original) vegetation. The main suburbs of interest are those that are Macquarie Fields, Long Point, Ingleburn, Minto Heights, Kentlyn, St Helens Park Wedderburn and Gilead.

Will surveys definitely take place on my property if I volunteer?

We are casting a wide net to ensure that any gaps in the survey design on public lands can be covered appropriately by private land. If your property is not selected you will be notified and there will be plenty of other opportunities, including being a part of our future Land for Wildlife and Koalatown Certified properties programs.

How does this affect my property?

Koala survey data collected as part of the monitoring program will be used to investigate the health of our local koala population to ensure that our local koala population isn't at risk of population decline, and remains free of disease. Koala sighting data collected will be uploaded into the NSW Bionet species sighting database, and will also be used to inform future mapping revisions of our CKPOM(PDF, 12MB) .

What will we do with the data?

The data will be used to monitor the population size, distribution and density across the LGA. The data will be compiled and will be will be uploaded into the NSW Bionet species sighting database which includes GPS coordinates.

How long will a site survey take?

We are using a RapidSat assessment methodology (a quick version of the Spot Assessment), so it is expected that surveys will take no longer than 30 minutes.

Do I need to be home when the site assessment is being done?

You don’t have to, but you might like to. Our staff and consultants are really knowledgeable about koalas and will be happy to quickly answer any questions you might have while they’re there. If you’re not going to be home, we just need safe access (no dangerous dogs or alike) to do the survey.

Will the data be made public?

Yes. It will be made publically available but will not include any details of the participants.

Will Council be surveying Gilead and other lands that are proposed for future development?

We have reached out to landowners and developers to have their land included wherever possible, including at Gilead. We will also endeavour to survey any adjoining lands to provide indicative data for these parcels.

Is the project connected to the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan or the future Georges River Koala Reserve?

No. This project is independent to the NSW Government, the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan (CPCP) or the proposed Georges River Koala Reserve. Further information about the CPCP and Georges River Koala Reserve can be found on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.

Land for Wildlife

We have just become the regional provider for the Land for Wildlife program within the Campbelltown LGA and are looking for interested land owners to pilot the program. We are in the later stages of finalising this process with more information to come on board shortly so stay tuned.