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April 18, 2021

Two more dead: what can you do to help koalas?

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Koalas are in crisis with two more dead from car strikes in the last week on Bangalow Road. One was killed on Friday near the Byron Bay Golf Corse and a big male at Eureka on Tuesday.

‘Both were killed by car strikes and once again Friends of the Koalas are been inundated with calls,’ said president of Bangalow Koalas Linda Sparrow. 

‘After Friday’s call I immediately started up a personal fundraiser on my personal Facebook account and shared onto Bangalow Koalas for money to buy more koala road signage. I’m trying to raise funds to purchase 30 signs for Byron, Lismore and Ballina shires.

‘We went through this last year and it was carnage. We need people to slow down in known koala areas hence the signage.’ Said Linda passionately.

As more people move to coastal areas there is more housing, road building and improvements and events that severely impact on the habitat for native species including the koala. Predictions are that without dramatic action to preserve koala habitat, reduce the impact of animals like dogs that hunt and kill koalas and the climate emergency; that koalas will be extinct in NSW by 2050 with some scientists saying that they are already functionally extinct. 

Tree planting

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Bangalow Koalas are working together to identify koala corridors and improve their chances of survival with tree planting and the next event is this Saturday 29 June at 199 Myocum Road, Ewingsdale 9 – 11am.

‘The loss and fragmentation of safe and secure habitats is one of the major threats facing koalas today,’ Rebecca Keeble, IFAW Regional Director commented.

‘Finding an all-encompassing solution may seem insurmountable, but by partnering with Bangalow Koalas, IFAW is in a position to shine an international spot light on this global icon, while helping to build koala connectivity in the Northern Rivers region. Time and time again, we’ve seen incredible community will to find a long term to solution to protect these koalas, and we are delighted to be able to be part of the solution.’

They are asking the community to join them to plant another 1,500 koala trees on a property in Ewingsdale, that will link up to Coolamon Scenic Drive, a vital pathway for Byron koalas.

‘Both Bangalow Koalas and IFAW believe that every animal is worth saving, you save one koala and you’re helping to safeguard the colony. And we are not the only ones who believe this. Community support and action has made every one of our tree planting events a success – everyone can really make a difference to the short and long-term plight of koalas,’ said Ms Sparrow.

‘It’s a case of the community just rolling up their sleeves and doing something proactive. So if you want to make a real difference and be part of the solution, please join us on Saturday, it’s a great family event, where everyone can get involved. We hope to see you there.’


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13 COMMENTS

  1. Something needs to be done re all the speeding Mummies and Dadies who speed along McGettigans Lane on their way to and from the Steiner School, and the other speedsters at other times.For those who can not read road signs the speed limit is FIFTY (50) Kilometres an hour not EIGHTY (80) as most people do. We have our own Koala/Echidna/Python population in Ewingsdale which is becoming less and less due to these morons.

  2. OMG this image makes me weep. I am a regular volunteer with Bangalow Koalas & joined almost immediately after moving here 20 mths ago. We were still unpacking boxes but knew this was a most urgent campaign, if we are to see Koalas existing in the near future. Habitat loss has been stolen from our precious wildlife , without a thought for THEIR NEEDS. This is why we don’t have pets & have planted dozens of Koala trees on our small I acre property. We have recently joined Friends of the Koala at Lismore & volunteer there also, so PLEASE everyone reading this volunteer with these 2 wonderful organisations. Saving our dimishing & most loved Koalas requires MORE than signing petitions & writing to politicians , who have shown time & time again they care NOT for our precious & undervalued Koalas. Our appalling state govt has not only permitted further logging in prime Koala habitat, but abolished the critically important Native Vegetation Protection Act back in 2016-17. Shame on them & our unsustainable/inefficient & destructive Forestry Industry.

    • Lindy,……as city dweller writing from Sydney I share your distress of the tragic demise and the awareness of extinctions facing so much of our iconic wildlife, in this case the one and only unique koala …How ironic that other Australian icons – in numerous fields of endeavour are honoured and eulogised, a flawed historical consequence of ( some ) human cultural behaviour in particular policy making and government.
      A special thank you to all those thoughtful and committed people who, like yourself, do act and care for our wildlife……you have inspired me to send my concerns to the Premier, TY

  3. Meanwhile Lismore City council blind support for the North Lismore plateau development is going to destroy another prime koala habitat,

    What makes it sickening is that ratepayers are subsiding the development infrastructure to the tune of 32 million,

    and being slugged a further 300 dollar a year rate rise,

  4. My Heart Bleeds Planted Swamp Maghonies many years ago on Reserve in Sunrise ..The Koalas fed & grunted ! They travel across terrain …just too many Roads & Cars that Ate Koalas ! Seriously…No stopping Eviloution Extinction …My Heart bleeds !

  5. 40 years ago the hills were alive with dairy farms and koalas were mainly in the forest sections. Influx of new settler tree planters saw the koalas having the corridors to become very familiar on our small acre farms. Now the influx of more people means faster and more cars on the narrow winding back roads. Slow down people be aware of all animals on the roads.

  6. All bow down to the mighty human race and its need to grow! This area used to be country, now it’s just spacious suburbs. :Let’s face it, nobody gives a shit… well as long as it doesn’t mess with their lives at least! Reckon I’m outa here soon.

  7. I hear you, Lindy. We need volunteers at the Koala Care Centre right now as more and more koalas come in – if they make it that far (and many are DOA before we can help them). Koalas need our help. We are the problem but we are also the solution. PS Leaf Collectors desperately needed at the Care Centre. Ph 66214664

  8. Is there a foundation that needs donations? I just watched a documentary on Australia’s animals to include the rice sized peacock spider. I learned koalas are dying from global change and lack of necessary nutrients from the eucalyptus tree.
    I’d like to help if there is a page raising funds for planting trees.
    I live in the US but everyone loves a koala!!

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