The welfare of koalas is a huge issue and planning and planting for their future is a high priority for conservationists.
Bangalow Koalas Inc will reach an important milestone on Saturday, June 1, planting 2,000 koala trees on a property at Talofa.
This will take the number planted over 18 months to 12,000 koala and rainforest trees, an amazing achievement for a small community group that started out protecting a 400 metre stretch of koala trees in Bangalow.
Bangalow Koalas Inc is well on the way to creating a Koala Wildlife Corridor connecting properties from Byron Bay and surrounds out towards Repentance Creek.
Bangalow Koalas Inc president Linda Sparrow says that so far this year they have planted 1,400 trees in Binna Burra, 2,550 on three properties in Dudgeons Lane, 2,005 on two properties in Ewingsdale, 250 in Federal, and 750 on two properties in Coopers Shoot.
‘On June 29 we will be planting another 1,500 koala trees on the neighbouring property in Ewingsdale thanks to IFAW, (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
‘This will link up to Coolamon Scenic Drive, which is a vital pathway for Byron Koalas. Future plantings without a definite date yet are Hilary Herrmann’s property in Bangalow, where we are weeding and revegetating along the creek line with a further 500 koala trees.
Ms Sparrow says that the group has just found out they were successful in another grant application to InGrained Foundation. ‘We will be planting an additional 2,000 plus trees at Hilary’s property creating a forest for our koalas.
‘That will total almost 4,000 trees planted on her property alone since March 2018, so a huge thank you to Hilary for joining in our vision.’
Ms Sparrow says another planting is planned on Friday Hut Rd, Possum Creek but as yet, it doesn’t have a final date.
Linda says that it’s been a very busy year. ‘I’ve been up to my eyeballs in koala trees. A big thank you to our wonderful committee, Rossco our bush regen guy, Renae our ecologist and our fabulous members and the community for showing such great support.
‘Also thank you to Friends of the Koala for supporting Bangalow Koalas. We appreciate it enormously’.