Local Workshop Puts Koalas In Spotlight


In an effort to strengthen local koala conservation efforts, Cessnock City Council will host a community workshop aimed at educating attendees about the science, technologies, and collaborative efforts involved in finding and protecting koalas.

Scheduled during National Science Week, the Scats, Scratches and Screams workshop will take place from 1.00-4.00pm on Saturday 10 August at Laguna Community Hall.

The workshop will feature expert speakers from various fields, including scientists and researchers from the University of Newcastle, representatives from Wollombi Aboriginal Cultural Experiences, NSW Environment and Heritage, NSW Local Land Services, Landcare, Hunter Wildlife Rescue, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and local landholders. Each speaker will provide unique insights into their respective roles, and their contributions to koala conservation.

Cessnock City Mayor Jay Suvaal said the workshop came in response to community questions about the NSW Koala Strategy.

"Koalas are now listed as endangered, and face numerous threats to their population including habitat loss, drought, disease, bushfires, vehicle accidents, and other challenges," said Clr Suvaal.

"Sadly, the 2020 Legislative Council inquiry into NSW koala populations and habitat concluded that, without action, koalas in NSW could be extinct by 2050.

"This workshop is specifically targeting local residents with koala habitat on their properties and is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about what can be done to help support and protect our local koala population."

Refreshments will be provided on the day and bookings are essential, as there are limited spots available.

Find out more and reserve your spot today by visiting the event page here.

This Inspiring Australia NSW initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.

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