Koalas have been roaming Australia for millions of years, becoming known as one of our most iconic marsupials, and arguably one of the biggest drawcards for local tourism.
At more than 2,000 our local koala population is one of the largest in NSW, however there are a number of threatening factors that require hard work and collaboration between all levels of government and passionate community groups to ensure these little guys continue to be a part of our identity for many years to come.
Loss of habitat, road strikes, and dog attacks are responsible for more than half of koala fatalities and our local commitment has seen a number of initiatives implemented across the region, and some that are paving the way for koala conservation right across the country.
These projects have included the planting of more than 3000 trees as part of a food revegetation program by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, using GPS technology to track koala movements and home range, and designing a fit for purpose koala proof fence to reduce road strikes.
More recently, koala crossing zones have been signposted on Ocean Drive, and a world-first ‘koalas living with dogs’ pilot training program has delivered great success, desensitising 19 dogs from attacking koalas.
Right now, local koala conservation strategies are being improved to ensure the future of our koalas amidst significant population growth and the urban development of our region.
While great work is already being done, the community’s contribution is vitally important to protect our beloved national icon. So remember to keep your dog on a leash, an eye out while driving and if you see a koala in distress, please call the Koala Hospital on 6584 1522 (24 hours).
The Partnership established in 2018/19 is a joint venture under the Mid North Coast Joint Organisation, with funding from the NSW Government Saving Our Species Koala Iconic Program, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey Councils.
The Koala Recovery Partnership seeks to improve koala conservation across the Hastings-Macleay Region by engaging with landholders, the community, research groups and government sectors to achieve better on-ground koala conservation outcomes and on-going viability (or sustainability) for this iconic and important Australian species.
The NSW Koala Strategy and the work undertaken by the Koala Recovery Partnership will help to inform the 2020/21 review of Council’s Koala Recovery Strategy and Coastal Koala Plans of Management.
To find out more visit the Koala Recovery Partnership website
Due to the increased road strike statistics for Koalas along sections of Ocean Drive, a new temporary digital signage board has been erected between Elkhorn Grove and Matthew Flinders Drive.
In the coming months, more permanent signage using new technology, LED Backlit Koala Warning Signs, will be installed. These solar powered signs will be a reminder to drivers to be more aware of Koala activity in the area.
Longer term, Council is considering a fauna fencing strategy to help reduce Koala egress into trafficked areas.
This page was last updated on: 23 April 2020