Tweed Shire Council is actively involved in koala and koala habitat conservation initiatives. Through active community and stakeholder partnerships, Council is implementing programs that aim to protect koalas and improve their habitat.
The Tweed Coast koala population has been severely affected by habitat loss, dogs, fire and vehicles. Initiatives including the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study, Tweed Coast Plan of Management and Koala Connections all aim to address threats and improve habitat for the future of koalas on the Tweed Coast.
Tweed Byron Koala Connections Forum 2016
Koala Connections Forum Program (350kB PDF)
The Tweed Byron Koala Connections project team held a highly successful forum in May 2016 to share our stories and lessons from implementing the Koala Connections project. More than 80 people attended the forum held at the Byron Community Centre and shared information about koala habitat restoration and reducing the threat to koalas from cars, fire and dogs.
Video proceedings from the event will be published here soon...
Tweed Coast Koala Study 2015
One of the priority actions of the Tweed Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management is the reassessment of the status of the Tweed Coast koala population, as it is now five years since survey work for the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study was done in 2010. The Tweed Coast Koala Study 2015 (5.72mB PDF)
was completed in December 2015 and describes the methods, results and implications of the most recent survey
See the Koala Study 2015 FAQ (445kB PDF)
for a summary of the study.
Tweed Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management
The Tweed Coast koala population has declined by approximately 50 per cent in the last decade and without action there is a very real risk that koalas could disappear from the Tweed Coast within the next 15 – 20 years.
Tweed Shire Council has prepared a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (4.47mB PDF)
to help the Tweed Coast koala population recover to more sustainable levels over the next two decades. The plan was adopted as a strategy of Council on Thursday 19 February 2015.
The plan has been prepared in conjunction with the Tweed Coast Koala Advisory Group, in accordance with State Environmental Planning Policy No. 44 – Koala Habitat Protection and is based on the outcomes of the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study. The plan aims to ensure a strategic and comprehensive approach to issues including:
- habitat protection and restoration
- management of bushfire
- mitigation of threats from motor vehicles, dogs and disease
- community education
- research, monitoring and evaluation
- resourcing and implementation