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Completing a new online survey about koalas could not only give you a good feeling but also possibly win you an iPad. Photo supplied

A new online survey is encouraging North Coast residents to provide valuable information about some of Australia’s most significant and vulnerable koala populations. And – apart from the feelgood factor – there’s an extra incentive for people to complete the survey.

Locals can now record their sightings and thoughts about koalas as part of the survey, which is being jointly run by the University of Queensland, Southern Cross University and the University of Sydney.

The NSW North Coast Koala Study aims to document attitudes and opinions towards koalas and how to best manage them across the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Tweed local government areas. The result will provide valuable data for Lismore City Council to determine how to manage koalas into the future.

University of Queensland researcher associate professor Kelly Fielding said the study ‘aimed to understand people’s thoughts and experiences of koalas in the region, and gather their opinions on the best management for conservation’.

‘Conserving the koala is a major challenge for Australian governments and society,’ she said.

‘While understanding the habitat requirements of koalas is essential, recovery plans are often less than successful because we don’t understand how these plans impact on local communities.’

She said the project is researching the koala’s relevance to the community, so that koala management plans and conservation programs can reflect community preferences.

‘A potential benefit of this project is that councils can get a better sense of how people would like their environment to be managed for conserving koalas,’ she said.

The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.northcoastkoala.net.

As a bonus, people completing it will go in a prize draw for their choice of a two-day break at The Byron at Byron resort or a 2017 iPad Pro.

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  1. Koalas are a very good example of earths enviouremt
    They as a spieces are unique to Australia
    We as humans that have taken away their habitat should help these animals in these heat stressing times
    Even good times where colonies of them are keep dogs away
    Please support this petition
    Sign and share

  2. ‘Conserving the koala is a major challenge for Australian governments and society’!!!!!

    The Federal and NSW State Governments have no intention to do so given their track record in failing to protect this and the other 50 threatened species along the Jones Road, Marshalls Ridges, wildlife corridor over recent years.

    This is one of the last remaining corridors on the far north coast of NSW.

    Until recently the Byron Shire Council, thanks to pro development councillors, has also ignored the plight and protection of Koala.

    Obviously extinction of this species on the far north coast is the only option, as these developers continue to expand their interests impacting these few remaining pockets of sensitive habitat within the shire.

    I wish the Universities of Queensland and Sydney good luck.

    Bob Oehlman
    CONOS Inc.

  3. I use to see koalas about quite a bit and the Tuckombil colony were known to be healthy. Since development of the area has occurred I never see them anymore.

  4. Koalas are Australia’s pride and joy and are totally unique to our landscape and history. They are also responsible for bringing into Australia millions of dollars as people flock from overseas to see them. They also provide thousands of jobs to those who are in the tourist industry, including hotels/motels/backpackers. If they were to disappear what animal then would entice overseas people to see our wonderful country. As not only are we wiping our koalas out, we are doing the same with our Kangaroos. So please think carefully with respect to bulldozing their land down.


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