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From left, Jo Green, Sonia Friedrich and Jo Allchin, digging in for an intense planting session. Photo Jeff ‘Green About The Gills’ Dawson
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Volunteers helped to plant 650 trees to restore koala habitat at Tyagarah near the old low-level railway bridge on the weekend.

The trees came from money raised by Brunswick Valley Landcare’s Forest Fairies at last November’s Mullum Music Festival.

Planting was co-ordinated by Brunswick Valley Landcare and Byron Shire Council’s Koala Connection Project, which also covered additional costs for tree guards, stakes and site preparation.

The site is an important part of the larger wildlife corridor Council is working with landholders to restore.

The tree planting was carried out adjacent to the highway at the Tyagarah Creek underpass, which provides a location for koalas and other wildlife to pass under the highway. Lunchtime entertainment was provided by the boys from Potato Potato!

Joanne Green, Koala Connection project officer, who joined with the Forest Fairies to raise funds at the music festival, says, ‘The site is popular for riding and past land use has allowed a koala population to live in harmony with the horses on the site. The planting will add more food and shelter trees for the threatened coastal koalas.’

Ongoing maintenance of the planting will be carried out by contractors working with Koala Connections.

See more about the program at byron.nsw.gov.au/koala-connections.

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