Bush push to boost koalas
By MARY MANN
THE 'cute and cuddly' tree-huggers living in Ginette Kenney's back yard will benefit from a new council project aimed at rehabilitating Lismore's koala habitat. ] The two-year Lismore City Council project will focus on weed control and tree planting in areas identified as critical to survival of the koalas.
The council has secured $83,000 funding from the NSW Environmental Trust to help pay two bush regenerators to work with landowners restoring koala habitat ? something Ms Kenney has already taken advantage of.
"I get a bit of a warm, fuzzy feeling when I stand in my yard and look up at the koalas," Ms Kenney, who has about 16ha at Monaltrie, said.
"I love seeing the cute little koalas up there, but I wasn't sure about how to make their habitat the best it can be.
"Now I'm learning which trees are good for them and which weeds are really bad."
Michael Hallinan, Lismore City Council's bushland management officer, said koalas were listed as a threatened species in the State.
"Lismore has one of the largest koala populations in New South Wales," he said.
"The majority of our koala habitat occurs on private property in our rural areas."
The areas included in the project are Goonellabah, Monaltrie, Tregeagle, Wyrallah, Tucki Tucki and Marom Creek.
About 35 landowners have already signed up.