PORT Macquarie Landcare has been granted funding for a project to protect Hastings koalas.
Destruction and encroachment of native habitats by humans, feral animals, and introduced plant species has contributed to 161 species now classified as endangered.
Thanks to the volunteer efforts of thousands of Australians, there is hope for saving our treasured animals from extinction.
In 2017, $100,000 was awarded to 10 Landcare groups to undertake habitat restoration projects across Australia.
The funding was made possible via Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program, which works in partnership with 23 businesses across the country, including Telstra, Qantas, and Konica Minolta.
Port Macquarie Landcare will undertake a project to protect the region’s threatened koalas.
The project will restore habitat across 5.4 hectares of riparian bushland, closing the gaps in critical green corridors and helping koalas to live and move safely in suburbia.
It will link rehabilitated riparian bushland upstream through Macquarie Nature Reserve directly to Kooloonbung Nature Park and Lake Innes Reserve.
“Loss of habitat is a key threat to koalas in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area. Koalas are now more likely to become unhealthy or die from chlamydia, dog attacks or motor vehicles,” Julie Ho, spokesperson for Port Macquarie Landcare Group said.