Habitat expansion to help save koalas

Published: 14 Jul 2020

An additional 89 hectares of land in the Cudgen Nature Reserve will help save the recovery of the Tweed Coast NSW koala population.

The Cudgen Nature Reserve is part of the largest remaining stand of native vegetation on the Tweed Coast.

The new land will help provide long-term habitat protection for native plants and animals on the coast, including the endangered Tweed and Brunswick Rivers koala colony.

The new habitat for the koalas will help achieve core outcomes in the NSW Koala Strategy. The strategy supports a range of conservation actions to help secure the future of koalas in the wild.

Located in far north-eastern NSW, the Cudgen Nature Reserve is considered to be of regional and state significance for the conservation of native fauna. 

The reserve is home to threatened and endangered animal species including the long-nosed potoroo, the glossy black cockatoo and the little bent-wing bat.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new land will also provide a site that the Tweed Shire Council will use as a koala holding home to aid sick and injured koalas.

“This addition is a significant boost for koala conservation on the Tweed Coast. It will protect core koala habitat and reduce the potential for fragmentation,” Mr Kean said.

“By working with Tweed Shire Council on a mutually beneficial land exchange, we’ve managed to increase the area of koala habitat protected in Cudgen Nature Reserve.” 

Learn more about the NSW Koala Strategy

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