Tweed and Byron shire councils have put in a joint application to the federal government for an ambitious plan to save the region’s dwindling koala population from extinction.
The application has been made to the federal government’s Biodiversity Fund and an announcement on successful applicants is due shortly.
The plan would include plantings on private properties of local landholders where there are remnant koala populations to increase their food source and ultimately provide better migratory corridors for them. Plantings will only take place with the active permission of landholders.
The plan has been revealed just days after a report to Byron Shire Council showed the fragmentation of that shire’s koala population is worse than first thought and that koala numbers north of the Brunswick River are ‘extremely low’.
The plan would increase koala habitat by 200ha and regenerate 25ha of bushland.