The Tweed Byron Koala Connections project is the joint winner of the Natural Environment Sustainability category in the Green Globe Awards, NSW’s leading environmental awards.
Run jointly by the Tweed and Byron Shire Councils, the project works with landholders and community partners to plant koala food trees and other trees and shrubs to enhance endangered communities and connect koala habitats. Scientists, landholders, local, and state and federal partners are working together to ensure these koalas do not become extinct. Launched in early 2013, the project is halfway through its four-year program, and has already provided more than 40,000 trees and over 60 ha of regenerated habitat.
The project represents a collaborative regional approach to koala management with delegates from both councils, Landcare, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Office of Environment and Heritage and Local Land Services, the Local Aboriginal Land Council and Friends of the Koala on the steering committee. The project was initiated by Tweed Shire Council with a preliminary grant from the NSW Environmental Trust, which was followed by financial support from the Australian Government through the Biodiversity Fund.