Wollondilly Koalas to be introduced at Community Information Night

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Wollondilly Koalas to be introduced at Community Information Night

Posted on: 31.01.2018

Wollondilly Shire Council is partnering with the Office of Environment and Heritage and Conservation Volunteers Australia to host a community information session in Appin on the Wollondilly Koala Conservation Project.

The session will feature presentations from local koala experts and the launch of a short film about the Wollondilly Koala Conservation Project.

The film shows how the Project began in response to community reports of koala sitings in Appin prior to 2015, which led to Council entering into an initial partnership with the Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) to study the movements and food sources of the koalas. The success of this study led to a grant from the Saving Our Species fund to expand the survey work.

The film follows the OEH and volunteers as they track some of the Project’s collared koalas in their native bushland around Appin and other parts of the Wollondilly Shire.

After the film and presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to go spotlighting to experience some of the local wildlife firsthand.

The event is open to all interested community members and will be held at the Appin Scout Hall in Market Street, Appin from 7pm-9pm on 16 February 2018.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Simon Tedder simon.tedder@environment.nsw.gov.au

A separate free educational event will also be run on Wednesday 14February at the Scout Hall for the cubs and scouts of the region, starting at 7.15pm.

Following a brief talk, the young people will embark on a guided evening walk through the habitat that supports koalas and other threatened species.

They will be noting any significant wildlife they can spot by torchlight, and any koala sightings collected on the night will be used by local researchers as part of the ongoing study into the distribution of koalas in the region. This event is supported by South32 Illawarra Coal.

For more information on the scout event, contact wollongong@cva.org.au or ring 02 4228 9248.