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    Koala Projects

    2022-2026 NSW Koala Program - NT Regional Partnership

    The 2022-2026 NSW Koala Program - Northern Tablelands Regional Partnership will be run across our region from 1 June 2022 to 30 June 2026. It will deliver on-ground actions to protect local koala populations and their habitat in Northern Tablelands over the next five years. Project activities focus on the Armidale and Uralla local government areas and surrounds.

    The project is funded by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

    2022 CSIRO National Koala Monitoring Plan

    From February 2022 to June 2023, Southern New England Landcare will coordinate monitoring for the presence of koalas in key areas of the Armidale region.

    The project is funded by the Australian Government.

    2021-2022 NSW Koala Monitoring Framework

    The 2021-2022 Koala Monitoring Framework secured funds to deliver the monitoring and surveying component of our 2020-2022 Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership project. It deployed 50 audio moths at nominated sites across the Armidale region, and downloaded data for submission in a report to the Department of Planning and Environment for analysis.

    (Completed Project)

    2022-2023 Federal Koala Investment Project

    From 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023, this project will deliver key activities aimed at researching, monitoring and conserving koala populations in the Armidale Area of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS). It will also work with and expand on the achievements of our 2020-22 Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project.

    Project activities align with and contribute to the NSW Koala Strategy and the NSW Koala Research Program and the project will be guided by the Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project Steering Committee.

    Funding for this project has been provided through the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) as part of the Federal Governments Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program grant opportunity.

    2020-22 Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project

    The Northern Tablelands region was identified as an important area for the future of koalas. It has several koala populations that are not subject to the same population and development pressures as those on the coast. The region may also be more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.

    Recent research has indicated the Northern Tablelands has a resilient yet sparse koala population with small areas recognised as “hotspots” for koala movement a stable koala populations. Dedicated staff capacity was identified as a limiting factor in delivering successful conservation programs. In the 2020-21 financial year, the Northern Tablelands Koala Conservation Project was funded by the NSW government under the Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project.

    The project has now established partnerships with research, government, industry and community organisations that help provide knowledge and resources to achieve the ambitious Year 1 project objectives.

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