Local member for Oxley has welcomed the release of the NSW Koala Strategy by the Premier and the Minister for the Environment. This is the biggest commitment by any state government towards securing the much-loved marsupial in the wild.
Ms Pavey said the NSW Koala Strategy is a major step forward for koala conservation in Oxley and across NSW and will support a range of conservation actions over the next three years, to stabilise koala numbers across the State.
“I’m delighted the NSW Government is investing to seriously support this iconic species which holds a special place in the hearts of the community,” Ms Pavey said.
“$20 million in funding through the NSW Koala Strategy will allow the purchase of priority koala habitat.
“This commitment means properties which show evidence of use by koalas and which are well-connected to surrounding vegetation will be permanently reserved. These new reserves will allow koalas to move between areas, recolonise and maintain genetic diversity.
In addition, 4000 hectares of koala habitat in Oxley will be managed as koala reserves to improve management for koala conservation.
In Oxley we invite the community to attend workshops to provide vital local knowledge to help develop koala conservation actions and improve the safety and health of koalas. Details can be found on the OEH website
Announcing the $44.7 million package to support the NSW Koala Strategy, Minister Upton said the community expects the iconic koala to be protected.
“The NSW Koala Strategy will ensure our koalas are safeguarded for future generations” Ms Upton said.
“A key pillar of the NSW Koala Strategy is investing in new reserves for koalas and conserving koala habitat. Over 24,000 hectares of land will be managed for koala conservation.
“This is in addition to the $20 million committed to purchase priority koala habitat.”
The NSW Koala Strategy sets out actions to stabilise koala numbers across the State including:
- $4.5 million to support caring for sick or injured koalas and returning them to the wild.
- $3.3 million to fix priority road-kill hotspots across NSW.
- $3 million to build a koala hospital at Port Stephens.
- $8.9 million to improve our knowledge of koalas starting with the development of a state-wide koala habitat information base.
- $5 million to deliver local actions to protect koala populations, through the Saving Our Species program
- A new single wildlife rescue call number making it easier for people to alert authorities to injured or sick koalas.
In March 2016 the NSW Government asked the Chief Scientist & Engineer to conduct an independent review into the decline of NSW koalas. This led to a report which recommended a whole-of-government koala strategy for NSW.
For more information about the NSW Koala Strategy visit – www.environment.nsw.gov.au/koalas