Highlands News

Plans to double state's Koala population


Environment Minister Matt Kean’s has announced a plan to double the state’s koala population by 2050.

It's feared there only 15,000 koalas left in NSW.

The population has declined by between 20% and 50% since 1990, and 5000 are thought to have died in the summer bushfires in just one region - the mid-north coast.

The National Conservation's Chris Gambian has added the following:

* Create the Great Koala National Park proposal, which would protect more than 55,000 hectares of prime koala habitat in the Coffs Harbour region that is currently at risk of being logged.

* End logging and land clearing of all koala habitat on public and private land throughout the state.

* Invest in large-scale revegetation of over-cleared landscapes, especially in modelled climate refuge and corridor areas.