Koala capital called to arms to help save species
Gunnedah is being asked to play a key role in shaping the direction of the NSW Governments’ state-wide koala strategy, which aims to secure and increase NSW koala numbers.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a community information session will be held in Gunnedah as part of the NSW Governments’ whole-of-government koala strategy which acquires vital koala habitat.
“Our region is well known for koalas, of course with Gunnedah being the Koala Capital of the World, so developing an overarching strategy and identifying target areas for conservation is extremely important,” Mr Anderson said.
“We need to secure this iconic Australian species for future generations which is why an important part of this process will be engaging with the community so that we can gain their valuable input to help shape the plan.
“The aim of the strategy is simple; reduce threats to koalas and improve research. A combination of these things will go a long way to ensuring the survival of the species.”
The community information session will be held at 4:30pm on Thursday 16 February at the Gunnedah Cultural Precinct.
“It’s important for our community like Gunnedah with a strong local koala population, to get involved in the information session so we can secure and eventually increase koala populations across NSW,” Mr Anderson said.
To comment on the strategy’s direction visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/nsw-koala-strategy.htm and to find out more about the NSW Government’s koala conservation efforts through the Saving our Species program visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspecies/ProposedPASAmendments.htm.