Help Koalas Living in Our Backyard

01 May 2013

Koalas are native to the Moree area. A recent meeting of local landholders and interested community members held in Moree revealed about twenty recent sightings of the threatened marsupial across the area.

Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA Catchment Officer Leah MacKinnon says Koalas have been seen in the Ashley, Pallamallawa, Tareelaroi Weir, Crooble and Croppa Creek areas in the last three months and have also been seen around Terry Hie Hie and the Gil Gil Creek in the past.

"These locations have been included on a regional Koala map currently being developed by the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA which is being used to develop a more comprehensive picture of what's happening to our koalas, and where the best patches of koala habitat are located".

"The koala is a national icon. People enjoy the knowledge that these animals are living in our backyards. Understanding more about their habitat and distribution will help protect them into the future," said Ms MacKinnon.

Members of the public who have observed Koalas in their local area and have specific information on the location are encouraged to contact the CMA.

Koalas are classified as a Vulnerable Species by the NSW Government. A number of projects aimed at supporting and caring for Koalas are currently being run by the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA and Expressions of Interest are now invited from individuals or groups.

Ms MacKinnon said that the projects include Support to Volunteer at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie, assistance to establish a Koala Gunyah for care of injured or sick Koalas, help to establish or improve koala habitat and development of innovative activities or projects to improve the understanding and/or care of Koalas.

Expressions of interest for the Koala projects need to be submitted to the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA before 20th May.

For further information on the projects contact Leah MacKinnon at the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA Moree office on 02 6757 2559 or email:leah.mackinnon@cma.nsw.gov.au

To download the Expression of Interest form, visit www.brg.cma.nsw.gov.au and click on "Working with us".

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