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Koala Conversations

Two weeks of ideas, dialogue and action events throughout the Northern Rivers.

May 18th - June 1st 2024

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Welcome to Koala Conversations

Experience a series of engaging events across the Northern Rivers, including workshops, tree plantings, and field days, all focused on koala conservation. These activities, led by various organisations, aim to foster understanding and action for our beloved koalas.

Culminating on June 1st in Lismore, our one-day forum will feature expert speakers discussing vital topics focused on Protecting, Restoring, and Creating Koala Habitat.

Program of Events

Join us at events that interest you!
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May

16-18

TICKETED EVENT

Primex - Koala Conversations Stall

Where: Casino Primex
When: 9am - 2pm

Friends of the Koala and Landcare will have stalls at Primex which is celebrating 40 years. Come and have a chat about koala conservation and grab some koala food trees.

May

18

PUBLIC EVENT

Tweed Coast Koala Celebration

Where: Pottsville Environment Park
When: 10am - 2pm

Join us at Pottsville Environment Park for a day of fun and learning, as we celebrate our beloved koalas and their habitats with engaging activities for all ages!

May

18

TICKETED EVENT

Developmental Panel at Kyogle Readers and Writers Festival

Where: The Fellowship Centre Kyogle
When: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Australia is at a crossroads we need to change how we live, and quick, so how do we transition to a more ethical society without scaring the NIMBYS? Panel Discussion featuring Dave Heilpern, Sue Higginson, Ella Jeffery, and chair Nancy Cushing.

May

18

PUBLIC EVENT

Where: Tintenbar
When: 10am-3pm

Learn to care for koala habitat, and perform the Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) for surveying koalas, from a local seasoned bush regenerator.

May

19

PUBLIC EVENT

Create and Care with Koalas Workshop

Where: Ballina
When: 1pm - 5pm

Opening koala presentation followed by three creative koala-themed artistic activities running concurrently: Screen Printing, Crochet and Clay Art Therapy.

May

20-31

PUBLIC EVENT
VARIOUS DATES & TIMES
LIMITED SPACES

Koala Education Tour at the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital

Where: 23 Rifle Range Road, Lismore
When: 2pm Monday-Friday

Get up close and personal with one of the regions's oldest koala conservation organisations on a guided tour of the Friends of the Koala facilities.

May

22

PUBLIC EVENT

Cultural Burn on the Boorabee Songline

Where: Rock Valley
When: 10am-3pm

Join Jagun Alliance Aborignal Corporation undertake a cultural burn on the Boorabee (koala) songline to improve habitat and climate resilience through cultural fire, kinship, connection, custodianship, knowledge and Caring for Jagun (Country) practices.

May

22

PUBLIC EVENT

Among the Gum Trees - A closer look at koalas

Where: Lawrence Public Hall
When: 6pm - 7pm

A koala information evening for Lawrence locals. Learn about koala ecology, habitat restoration and identifying and reporting sick koalas.

May

22

PUBLIC EVENT

koala tree Planting with Bangalow Koalas

Where: Tuckarimba
When: 10am start

Join Bangalow Koalas to plant 1000 koala habitat trees. Bookings are essential. Email to book your place. Email: president@bangalowkoalas.com.au

May

23

PUBLIC EVENT

Collage club at Pop Up Gallery

Where: 46 Magellan St, Lismore
When: 4pm - 6pm

This collage club will focus specifically on the koala with a representative from Friends of the Koala available to talk about koala habitat and conservation. Collage Club is a free program organised by Lismore Regional Gallery and all materials are provided.

Ruthven Travelling Stock Route Koala Habitat Planting Day

Where: Rodgersons Road, Ruthven
When: 10am -12pm

Come along to a community tree planting and learn about habitat restoration in a highly significant area for koalas at Ruthven Reserve.

May

24

PUBLIC EVENT

Improving Koala Habitat: A decision making workshop for Landholders

Where: Koonorigan Community Hall
When: 9am - 2:30pm

How to maintain, improve and restore koala forests in the specific context of the Lismore area. Includes field visit.

May

25

PUBLIC EVENT

Plant a Tree at Cudgera Creek

Where: Cudgera Creek Nature Reserve
When: 9am - 12pm

Come along to this family friendly event and plant some trees that will grow to become future koala habitat and protect other threatened species at Cudgera Creek Nature Reserve, near Pottsville.

May

26

TICKETED EVENT

Koala Food Tree ID - Learning through Drawing

Where: Pottsville Environment Park
When: 9.30am - 12.30pm

We will have a really close look at some of the main koala food trees in this area, and use pencil, pen and watercolour to sketch and annotate key features.

May

28

TICKETED EVENT

Koala Food Tree ID - Learning through Drawing

Where: Southern Cross University, Lismore
When: 9am - 12pm

We will have a really close look at some of the main koala food trees in this area, and use pencil, pen and watercolour to sketch and annotate key features.

May

30

PUBLIC EVENT

Koala Conversations in Motion

Where: Bentley to Casino
When: 9am - 12pm

An interactive group bike ride along the Bentley-Casino Rail Trail exploring the habitat values through that landscape including some stopover talks about the rewilding vision.

May

30

PUBLIC EVENT

North Coast Regional Seed Bank - Seed Collection Apps

Where: Mullumbimby
When: 8.30-11.30am

This event will provide training to seed bank volunteers in smart phone apps that will help with coordination, identification and record keeping.

May

30

PUBLIC EVENT

Collage club at Pop Up Gallery

Where: 46 Magellan St, Lismore
When: 4pm - 6pm

This collage club will focus specifically on the koala with a representative from Friends of the Koala available to talk about koala habitat and conservation. Collage Club is a free program organised by Lismore Regional Gallery and all materials are provided.

May

31

PUBLIC EVENT

koala tree Planting with Bangalow Koalas

Where: Codrington
When: 10am start

Join Bangalow Koalas to plant 1000 koala habitat trees. Bookings are essential. Email to book your place. Email: president@bangalowkoalas.com.au

June

1

PUBLIC EVENT

Koala Conversations Forum

Where: Southern Cross University Lismore
When: 9 am - 5pm

A one-day forum featuring expert speakers discussing topical ideas across the themes of protecting, restoring and creating koala habitat. This is a ticketed event.

Lunch will be provided.

May

24

SCHOOL EVENT

Koala Planting with Barkers Vale Public School

Where: Barkers Vale Public School

Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Volunteers and students and teachers from Barkers Vale Public School will be planting over 300 trees to extend Koala habitat on a private property close to the school grounds.

May

23

INVITATION ONLY

Land for Wildlife: Stories of Restoring Koala Habitat

Where: Uralba Eco Cottages, Homeleigh

This event is open to current Land for Wildlife members in the Kyogle, Richmond Valley Council and Lismore areas to swap stories, experiences and lessons learned through habitat restoration activities.

May

31

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Koala Habitat Restoration -A Field Day for Bush Regenerators working in the Northern Rivers

Where: Cudgen Nature Reserve

Restoration practitioners in the Northern Rivers are invited to visit an iconic Tweed Coast Koala habitat restoration site. Learn about maintenance techniques on a challenging site over the last 20 years.

Download the full event program.

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Koala Conversations Forum

June 1st - Southern Cross University

The Koala Conversations Forum brings together experts working in the field of koala conservation in the Northern Rivers. Topics will focus on protecting, restoring and creating koala habitat. Topics include:

  • Koala Habitat Mapping
  • Chlamydial Vaccines
  • Population Monitoring
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Koalas, Fire and Rainforest
  • A Regional Approach to Koala Conservation

Forum - Event Topics & Times

June 1st - Southern Cross University
9am-5pm
MC Cate McQuillen

9.00 Arrival. Tea and coffee available.
9.30 Welcome to Country  - Ashley Moran

9.45-10.15

AM

Population monitoring as a region

Caitlin Weatherstone - Byron Shire Council, Hannah Rice-Hayes - Lismore City Council, Marama Hopkins - Tweed Shire Council

10.25-10.40

AM

Koalas, Fire and Rainforest

Andy Baker - Southern Cross University

10.50-11.05

AM

Protecting koala habitat in the northern rivers through private land conservation agreements

Fiona Dawson and Georgina Jones - Envite, Anthony Jarvis - Biodiverstity Conservation Trust and Ben Herington - World Wildlife Fund

11.15-11.30

AM

Chlamydial Vaccine

Sam Phillips -University of Sunshine Coast and Jodie Wakeman - Friends of the Koala

11.40-11.55

AM

The Northern Rivers Koalas – A State Perspective

Dan Lunney - University of Sydney

12.05-12.20

PM

Caring for Country along the Boorabee (koala) songline across the Northern Rivers region

Tristan Evans - Jagun Aboriginal Alliance

12.20-1.20

PM

Lunch

Enjoy some food and network!

1.20-1.35

PM

Habitat restoration Cudge Northern Rivers - 25 years on... What have we learnt?

Jo Green - Tweed Shire Council

Rhonda James - Bushland Restoration Services

1.45-2.00

PM

Key Lessons Learnt from Surveys of 2022 Flood-Impacted Koala Restoration Sites

Jane Wickers - Eathscapes

2.05-2.25

PM

Understanding Koalas on Ngunya Jargoon IPA to Inform Management

Maria Matthes - International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

2.35-2.50

PM

The Regional Koala Strategy – Development and outcomes

Angie Brace - Friends of the Koala

3:00-3.15

PM

Creating A Regional Approach: How far have we come since 2012

Scott Benitez Hetherington - Tweed Shire Council

Clive McAlpine - University of Queensland

3.25-3.40

PM

Documenting Past and Current Koala Habitat Restoration Activities in the Northern RIvers

Peggy Eby - Griffith University

3.50-4.05

PM

Multi-year Monitoring of the Koala in the Richmond Range

Ross Goldingay - Southern Cross University

4.10-4.40

PM

How can the Northern Rivers Save their Koalas Collectively?

Pannel Discussion

Supporters

Proudly delivered by the Northern Rivers Koala Partnership (made up of six councils and Friends of the Koala), and supported by the NSW Government, this initiative aims to unite communities in safeguarding koalas and their habitats.

Koala Conversations is the brainchild of the Northern Rivers Koala Network. Northern Rivers Koala Network is a collective of practitioners working on Bundjalung, Yaegl & Gumbaynggirr country across the Northern Rivers to protect, restore and create healthy koala populations. Our wide network of agencies, community organisations, Traditional Owners, and practitioners work on rescue and rehabilitation, community education and awareness, koala habitat restoration and management, research, and advocacy. Together we aim to be strategic and collaborative across our region for the benefit of koalas.

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