Conserving Wollondilly Koalas
Posted on: 10.11.2016
Wollondilly Shire Council and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) would like to invite the community to participate in an exciting new volunteering program aimed at conserving the Shire’s recently identified koala population, Wollondilly’s Koala Conservation Project.
Over the past twelve months, CVA has been assisting local councils to restore key koala habitat within the Wingecarribee and Campbelltown Local Government Areas, as well as collect critical data on the local koala populations. The program is a partnership involving CVA, local councils, NSW government and University experts to engage and involve community members in existing local koala conservation initiatives to help protect Sydney’s koalas and put them on the map.
There are opportunities to join CVA in the program’s next phase as it moves onto the Wollondilly Shire and help to replicate this effort to conserve the elusive koalas of this region. On the third Friday of every month, starting this November, volunteers will meet at select Council reserves in the morning to help improve koala habitat through bush re-generation activities, and then engage in citizen science by surveying for koalas and their scats, to complement the Council’s existing survey program.
Since the Wollondilly Koala Hotline was launched in early 2015 there have been over 30 reported sightings.
“The Bargo River is a major corridor that links Koala populations in Appin / Wilton and the Southern Highlands and historically this area is where the first recorded European sighting of a Koala occurred in 1798” said Manager - Environmental Services, Brad Staggs, “We have done some initial survey work in the area and the results look very positive with over 20% of the 58 sites surveyed having either koalas sighted or other signs noted such as fresh scratches on trees or scats.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to both enhance the habitat of an iconic threatened species and contribute to survey work on a virtually un-studied population of koalas, which is critical in helping understand their distribution & needs,” said CVA Project Officer, Renae Hockey, “Anyone can volunteer between the ages of 7 – 80 years old, although children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers do not require any previous experience and will receive all necessary training on the day.”
Program 2016 dates:
Friday 18 November
Friday 16 December
For more information on Wollondilly’s Koala Conservation project contact Council’s Environmental Education Officer on P: 0246779522.
This Project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through the Environmental Trust’s Saving our Species program.
About Conservation Volunteers Australia: founded in Australia in 1982, and expanded operations to New Zealand in 2006. Involving over 10,000 volunteers every year, CVA is a leader in delivery of practical conservation programs, community involvement and a range of training programs.
CVA has offices in 30 locations around Australia and New Zealand, and offers volunteer opportunities every week of the year.
CVA has been recognised with many significant awards, including the United Nations’ Environment Program Global 500, 6 Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards, and Ecotourism Australia’s Ecotourism Award 2009.
Conservation Volunteers Australia is a Registered Training Organisation.
CONTACT: Renae Hockey, Project Officer at Conservation Volunteers Australia, phone (02) 4228 9246, mobile 0404 828 924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 31.10.2016.