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Koala Recovery Strategy


The Port Macquarie-Hastings koala population has suffered decline largely due to habitat clearing, modification and fragmentation. Other threats to the local population include disease, fire, logging, road deaths and predation by dogs. These threats are unlikely to abate without action. An array of recovery focused management actions are needed to ensure the long-term sustainable management of koalas across the region.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings  Koala Recovery Strategy3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB) will do just that through the provision of the following proposed actions:

  • Safeguard the welfare of koalas and reverse the current population decline
  • Reduce road strike
  • Reduce domestic dog strikes
  • Maintain the genetic diversity of koalas in the region
  • Assist in managing developments in aspects including design, habitat fragmentation and fire management.

Quick facts

Our koala population  About 2,000 animals - one of the largest coastal populations in Eastern Australia
Koala habitat (LGA) Recognised as a Nationally Significant Koala Population by the Federal Government with four distinct genomes
Biggest threats to koalas Habitat loss, dogs, roadkill, forestry, bushfire, climate change, disease
Core Koala Habitat About 6,880 hectares in the coastal area and About 980 hectares (14%) in the urban growth area and subject to development pressure
Estimated economic value Up to $50,000,000 annually input to the local economy from tourism related spending

This page was last updated on: 24 September 2018