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Council takes action on koalas

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Council has long been an advocate for the conservation of Campbelltown’s koala population.

We have facilitated various events, projects, programs and campaigns to address key issues and threats to the health and long term viability of our koalas.

As part of our Koalatown will continue to roll out new initiatives, awareness campaigns and exciting opportunities for the community to get involved in the conservation of our koalas.

Our Campbelltown Koala Plan of Management 

A draft Campbelltown Koala Plan of Management has been prepared and provides a strategic approach to the protection, management and restoration of koala habitat for the entire local government area. The plan sets clear objectives and actions relating to all aspects of protecting our koalas including planning provisions in accordance with the relevant state and commonwealth legislation.

Revised draft Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management 2018(21MB, PDF)

Long-term koala monitoring strategy 

We have developed a strategy in partnership with koala experts, universities, wildlife organisations and the community to monitor changes in the distribution, health and abundance of the Campbelltown’s koalas over time. This includes various scientific methods of field-based surveys including GPS tracking, scat survey and collection and spotlighting to ensure the longevity and overall health of our koala population into the future.

Greater Macarthur Koala Partnership Forum - March 2019

In March 2019, Council hosted the Greater Macarthur Koala Partnership Forum. The forum builds on Council’s long term commitment to koala care and conservation in the region. A number of industry and community koala experts were engaged to present on the key issues and threats affecting the long term viability of koalas in the Greater Macarthur region. Koalatown is an initiative that has grown out of the passion that was demonstrated at the forum by government officials, industry leaders, experts and our community.

Habitat restoration 

We have a range of ongoing projects funded by both Council, state government and corporate partners that aim to restore koala habitat. These include weed management and bush regeneration programs to ensure native plants can flourish without competition and tree planting to create connectivity within corridors and additional koala habitat.

Vehicle strikes 

Vehicle strikes are a key threat to Campbelltown’s koalas. In 2014 we installed 36 static signs in key koala habitat across the LGA and ran a ‘why did the koala cross the road’ promotional campaign in our bus shelters in 2015. We have recently purchased a visual message board (VMS) with the help of Greater Sydney Local Land Services and will be continuing to deploy it to strategic locations across the LGA. The aim is to encourage motorists to slow down and be vigilant when driving through known koala areas. We will also continue our strong advocacy for increased wildlife considerations during Appin Rd upgrades be looking at further options to reduce vehicle strikes locally.

Dog attacks 

In 2015, we developed a brochure and targeted messaging regarding dog attacks and Koalatown sees continued action relating to this measure increased. We have developed Koalatown branded dog leashes and dog poo bags available at our animal care facility and at community events to raise awareness and are installing signage at key reserves to advice users that there are koalas about. We will also be undertaking surveillance and compliance to ensure that our koalas are protected.

To find out more download our Living with dogs in koala habitat brochure(2MB, PDF)

Koala food tree planting 

Our community has planted more than 3000 new food trees during Council’s Wild Koala Day and National Tree Day events since 2015. These trees will be harvested by our passionate wildlife carers to help feed injured koalas in their care and will be the backbone of future rehabilitation programs for our colony.

Education 

Koala Kids s is a free education program targeted at primary and high schools in Campbelltown. Students explore koala habitat and discover the current threats and conservation measures they can take to help make Campbelltown and their school a Koala Friendly Community.

To find out more, contact our Environmental Education Officer: openspace@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

Supporting wildlife carers

We work closely with our wildlife carers to ensure that they can continue to do the great work they do. We partner for events that are targeting towards wildlife, we assist with koala foliage and perch material for koalas in care and assist when koalas are in danger. We are also providing financial support through sales of our koala related materials at events and at the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre.

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