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Community feedback wanted for draft Koala Management Strategy

From Friday 30 April, the community will have the opportunity to give feedback on Council’s draft Koala Management Strategy, with the document set to go on public exhibition for 28 days.

The draft strategy aims to identify key koala habitats on public and private land, and what can be done to protect the species and their habitats moving forward. The plan outlines threats, and how critical parcels of land can be preserved to allow for population growth and recovery. The plan also recommends management strategies for planning frameworks.

Council’s General Manager James Roncon said having a Koala Management Strategy in place is vital to protecting and expanding the population of this iconic native species.

“The Armidale Regional LGA is prime koala habitat, so it’s very important we do everything we can to protect the population,” said Mr Roncon.

“This strategy gives us a streamlined approach to koala conservation that will ensure the longevity of the species, which is especially important following the bushfires that wiped out a large number of koala populations across the country.”

The strategy was funded by a $23,000 grant from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE), and was developed by Ecosure Pty Ltd in consultation with the DPIE, Armidale Regional Council, Southern New England Landcare and the Northern Tablelands Conservation Project Officer.

“This project came about due to the fact that the Northern Tablelands has been identified as an important area for the future of koalas,” said Mr Roncon.

“There are several koala populations that are not subject to the same human population, development and climate pressures as those in coastal areas so it’s crucial that we acknowledge the importance of our region when it comes to protecting the species.”

The community is being encouraged to have input on the draft strategy, and can do so by visiting Council’s Your Say website to view the document and complete a submission.

After the 28 day consultation period, a report collating the feedback will be presented to Council.

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