THE PUBLIC LAUNCH of the Draft Revised Eurobodalla Koala Recovery Strategy took place on 3rd May (Wild Koala Day).
The launch is at the site of a controversial development proposal, Lot 16 Annetts Parade Mossy Point (image below), at the intersection with George Bass Drive.
Eurobodalla Koala researcher Dr Keith Joliffe said: “We chose this location to highlight the fragmentation and connectivity message the strategy emphasises. Mossy Point sits on endangered Coastal Sand Forest, dominated by koala browse species Blackbutt and Bangalay. People might think koalas only lived in remote State Forests and National Parks, but local knowledge tells us they were on Coastal Sand Forest up until the 1950’s. The Recovery Strategy is about preserving and rehabilitating habitat right across the Shire.”
Town and rural residents, farmers, Aboriginal Elders, businesses and the large land management agencies are all invited to respond to the Draft, at https://eurokoalas.files.wordpress.com/2021/04/draft-recovery-strategy-revised-edition.docx.pdf
Dr Joliffe said “The draft has been with agencies for over a month. We need them to hop on board with its practical planning and regulatory actions. We hope they will consider co-editing the strategy with our volunteer group. They have important expertise. We need their status and resources to enhance public awareness.”