Citizen scientists launch Eurobodalla koala recovery strategy

Dr Joliffe launched the draft strategy in May and invited agencies, business and the community to contribute to it. Photo: Maeve Bannister
Dr Joliffe launched the draft strategy in May and invited agencies, business and the community to contribute to it. Photo: Maeve Bannister

The Eurobodalla is a step closer to reviving its koala population as a new strategy launches with a plan for how to bring koalas back to the shire.

The Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy was put together by the Eurobodalla Koala Project, a citizen science movement sponsored by The Coastwatchers Association.

Co-author and volunteer Dr Keith Joliffe said the strategy was practical and proactive.

"It's full of simple actions businesses, householders, land managers and cultural leaders can take," he said.

"Eurobodalla koalas are somewhere either side of the extinction line and business-as-usual no longer cuts it."

Volunteers survey burnt habitat in the Dampier State Forest. Photo: Supplied.

Volunteers survey burnt habitat in the Dampier State Forest. Photo: Supplied.

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Wild koalas across NSW are facing extinction within the next 30 years, but at the launch of the draft strategy Dr Joliffe said this prediction could be turned around with planning and action.

"If you plant an appropriate tree in your backyard, you're contributing to the broad mosaic that goes beyond the Eurobodalla's borders," he said.

"It's worth it because we want to maintain connectivity right across this area to make viable corridors for home ranges for koalas."

The strategy provides advice for local, state and federal governments as well as associated agencies and authorities to facilitate the recovery of the koala population in the Eurobodalla.

Dr Joliffe said the draft strategy had a good response from volunteers and activists, but was disappointed only Forestry Corporation NSW gave agency feedback.

"We need the others to step up quickly," he said.

The strategy is available to view online, as well as details for how to get involved in the Eurobodalla Koala Project.

This story Plan to help bring koalas back to the Eurobodalla launches first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.

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