$20,000 FOR NEW REASEARCH INTO LISMORE’S KOALA POPULATION
Koalas in Lismore’s south-east are set to benefit from a study on their population, habitat and threats, being funded by the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program, member for Lismore Thomas George announced today.
Mr George said the $20,000 study would be managed by Lismore City Council.
“While we know there are koalas in the south-eastern Lismore area, information on the population, habitat use and threats is not well known.
“Lismore City Council will use the Saving our Species funding to work with landholders to better understand the koala population in this area.
“As part of the analysis and surveys in this project, local koala “hubs” and their associated threats will be identified.
“By identifying resident populations and their threats at a local scale, Lismore City Council will be better equipped to strategically plan future koala conservation within their local government area,” Mr George said.
The project is part of a $45 million state-wide koala strategy announced by the NSW Government earlier this week, the biggest commitment by any state government to secure koalas in the wild.
The strategy will protect more natural habitat for koalas, tackle diseases, improve research and fix roadkill hotspots. Lismore City Council’s Acting Environmental Strategies Coordinator Wendy Neilan said the funding will allow council to gain a better understanding of what areas of habitat are most important to koalas SE of Lismore.
“If we know how koalas are moving around the landscape in this area, we can make better planning decisions based to maintain healthy koala populations into the future,” Ms Neilan said.
PHOTO: Member for Lismore Thomas George, Lismore City Council’s Acting Environmental Strategies Coordinator Wendy Neilan and Environmental Strategies Officer Angela Brace