Koala-ty care for Aussie icons

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for the Environment and Water

David Smith MP, Member for Bean

Whether it's koala scent detection dogs, communities planting feed trees or First Nations people working on country, koalas are receiving a helping hand across Queensland, NSW, and the ACT.

Thirty-two koala conservation and protection projects are receiving a boost thanks to $5 million in community grants from the Albanese Labor Government.

The investment is supporting on-ground and community-led projects that will:

  • improve koala habitat
  • reduce threats from feral species and roads by building koala corridors
  • increase understanding and management of koala disease; and
  • improve understanding of koala populations

In the ACT, more than $100,000 is supporting Traditional Owner engagement to survey Gulas (koala) and boost their habitat on Ngunnawal Country.

A partnership between the Ngunnawal Community and ACT Government, the project will conduct surveys and monitoring, as well as tree planting events to improve the quality of koala habitat across the ACT.

Koalas are listed nationally as endangered in Queensland, NSW and the ACT.

Overall, the Australian Government is investing more than $76 million through the Saving Koalas Fund for the conservation and protection of koalas.

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