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Projects & Campaigns

Announcing the NSW Koala Hospital Alliance (NKHA)

The NSW Koala Hospitals Alliance

We are thrilled to announce the formation of the NSW Koala Hospital Alliance launched aptly on Wild Koala Day – May 3rd 2024 and proud to be part of group of likeminded people focussed on saving the koala from extinction in NSW. This is a monumental occasion for koala conservation efforts in NSW. Read the … Read more

Bushfire Recovery Nursery in Lismore, Friends of the Koala

On our way to 1 Million trees!

Our Community Native Plant Nursery has distributed 964,000 trees since it’s humble beginnings. We are well on our way to 1,000,000 trees sold or given away to landholders and habitat restoration groups across the Northern Rivers region. We are looking forward to reaching that milestone! But first things first: today we are celebrating the 240,000th … Read more

Friends of the Koala NSW Koala Summit

NSW Koala Summit 2024 & Koala Strategy Discussion Paper

Back row from left: Rhonda James (Landholder and Vice-President FOK), Michael Kennedy (Aboriginal Partnerships Officer – North Coast Regional Landcare), Lorraine Vass (Patron FOK), Marama Hopkins (Conservation Planning Officer Tweed Shire Council), Maria Matthes (Saving Ballina’s Koalas and Area Coordinator FOK), Linda Swankie (Ecologist Bangalow Koalas and Area Coordinator FOK) Front row: Allison Kelly (President … Read more


Happy National Eucalyptus Day 2024!

Each year we celebrate National Eucalyptus Day on the 23rd of March. Now in its eleventh year, it’s important to us to raise awareness about Eucalypts – why we need and love them. As part of our celebration we focused some of our attention this month on the amazing work our volunteers do in making … Read more

Koala chlamydia and Wildlife Hospital funding boost for Northern Rivers

Friends of the Koala Hospital: Pioneering Chlamydia Vaccination for Koalas in NSW

Friends of the Koala’s Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, the cornerstone of koala treatment in the Northern Rivers, has made history by becoming the only wildlife hospital in New South Wales to receive a license to vaccinate all koalas coming through our hospital against chlamydia, in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast and New … Read more

Koala Guardians Community Mapping

Koala Guardians Project

Koalas are under threat of extinction. Human developments have impacted on koalas negatively, however, we can also create solutions and reverse the negative trend. And the good news is, there is growing momentum in redressing some of the environmental sins of the past. Enter citizen science and technology. Increasingly, community mapping projects that utilise the … Read more

Friends of the Koala and University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) vaccinating wild koalas at Ruthven

Ruthven University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) koala vaccination project update

We are delighted to say that our koala vaccination project collaboration with the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) and the Department of Planning and Environment vaccinating wild koalas at Ruthven has reached completion. In total, Friends of the koala captured fifty koalas and vaccinated forty six, many of these were young dispersing joeys or … Read more

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Save the Koala Month

September is Save The Koala Month which culminates on Save the Koala Day on the 30th September. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness about koalas and their habitat, the threats they face and how we can protect them. Here at Friends of the Koala our goal for September is to increase understanding about … Read more

Hanging out at East Coraki

East Coraki second community planting day

Friends of the Koala’s second community planting day will take place on Saturday 19th of August and we invite you to join us! Our second community planting day is again made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s grant for its ‘Hanging out at East Coraki: Koalas thriving in an agricultural landscape’ – project. Our first … Read more

Koala in wild habitat

A big win for koala habitat in Goonellabah!

We are delighted to report a recent win for koalas. Wins don’t happen very often, especially when it comes to urban development versus habitat. A win every now and then gives us hope and strength to continue our work to save the koala for future generations. Friends of the Koala strongly opposed a planning permission … Read more