CORRIDORS for koalas are being created across Salamander Bay, in an effort to support our furry friends.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has allocated the koala to the iconic management stream of Saving our Species because of its significant social, cultural and economic importance, and to meet community expectation that koalas are effectively managed and protected.
Safe passage for koalas in Port Stephens is a significant issue, especially during the mating season.
Koalas are also threatened by domestic dogs and cats when on the ground, not to mention the hazards associated with moving near busy roads.
The initiative of the Port Stephens Council Tomaree Peninsular Urban Koala Corridor Enhancement Planting Project has been designed to protect the Bay’s koala population,
Eucalyptus saplings are to be planted in targeted reserves and streets over a three year period as a part of this Council initiative.
The trees being planted are preferred koala feed trees, and have been selected by a Port Stephens Council arborist, based on growth characteristics and maintenance requirements and the site.
Councillor Sally Dover, who resides on the Tomaree Peninsula, told News Of The Area, “This is a wonderful idea, which will help in making our koalas safer.”
It is a program that will also be supportive of the new Koala Hospital that is being created at One Mile Beach,” she said.
Locals are being asked by Council to come forward if they can provide photos of koalas, and information on koala sightings, which will help keep local authorities informed on population numbers and movements in the area.
For more information on the project visit http://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au.
By Marian SAMPSON