Mexican arts festival taking plight of our koalas to world

AN INTERNATIONAL audience will learn about the plight of Northern Rivers koalas when a local film screens at a Mexican Arts festival this weekend.

Filmed at the East Lismore Koala Care Centre and Royal Camp State Forest, the movie produced for WIRES by Bungawalbin film-maker, Jimmy Malecki shows some of the threats koalas face.

Friends of the Koala's Lorraine Vass said the screening would coincide with the unveiling of a sculpture, The Koala Plagued by his Fate, at the Entijuanarte Arts Festival in Tijuana, Mexico.

"The WIRES clip is an exciting opportunity to educate a new audience about some of the threats that face the koala," she said.

"It's also an opportunity to tell the wider world that koala conservation engages numerous organisations and committed individuals, working together for the koala's survival."

The Northern Rivers region had a long tradition of community-led koala advocacy and protection.

"In 1958 residents of Tucki south-east of Lismore formed a citizen committee dedicated to preserving the local koala population and its habitat."

She said the Northern Rivers was a nationally significant koala stronghold and their protection was everybody's responsibility.

The Great Koala Count, from November 7 to 17, will help boost understanding of where koalas are in the region.



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