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    2020 Northern Tablelands Koala Partnership Project

    The Northern Tablelands region has been 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.

    Dedicated staff capacity has been identified as a limiting factor in delivering successful conservation programs. In the 2020-21 financial year, the Northern Tablelands Koala Conservation Project will be part-funded by the Saving our Species Iconic Koala Project. Significant in-kind contributions from partner organisations will ensure the ambitious objectives of the project can be met.

    Vision

    The Northern Tablelands Koala Conservation Project aims to secure the survival of koalas in the wild throughout the Northern Tablelands region for at least the next 100 years.

    Objectives

    In the first year, the project will:

    • employ a dedicated koala project officer to coordinate conservation effort across project partners and other stakeholders
    • consolidate and strengthen a regional network of koala conservation stakeholders
    • identify and map priority areas for koala habitat restoration
    • build community and landholder awareness of koalas and their habitat requirements
    • host landholder field days and planning workshops promoting koala conservation actions
    • apply for and secure grant funds for koala conservation actions
    • collate and distribute known data sources for koalas and their habitat in the region
    • participate in the development of a collaborative fire management plan for koala habitat
    • participate in the development of a koala disease plan of action
    • identify landholders willing to enter private land conservation agreements and facilitate engagement with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust
    • improve the project’s understanding of koala populations and habitat in the region.

    Where possible, the project will:

    • facilitate on-ground conservation works for koala conservation, such as habitat restoration planning, weed control, and stock exclusion
    • support councils to develop koala plans of management or koala management strategies
    • strengthen connections with wildlife carers to explore opportunities for improved koala rehabilitation, including locating suitable release sites
    • contribute to koala surveys and tracking.

    Project ScopeProject map

    The geographic scope of the project will be limited during the first year (July 2020 to June 2021).

    Targeted landholder engagement will be limited to the area bounded by Guyra in the north, Uralla to the south, Wollomombi in the east and Thunderbolts Way in the west.

    Project communications will extend across the Northern Tablelands.

    Expansion of geographic scope will be discussed by project partners towards the end of the first year of the project.

    Image: Indicative geographic scope for the project in year one.

    This project is funded by Saving our Species (SoS) - the NSW Government’s framework for threatened species conservation. The program identifies actions needed to conserve each species in the wild for the next 100 years, including the cost of these actions and who should carry them out.

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