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Koala corridors planned for Wilson River floodplain between Wyrallah and Tucki Tucki

Friends of the Koala have been successful with a third project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust to create wildlife corridors on the Wilson River floodplain and peri urban areas south of Lismore. The aim, to create safe passage for koalas.

Lismore City Council will once again financially support this project. The total investment in koala habitat restoration work from all sources in this area has been $460,000.

The latest project due to commence in January 2022, will strengthen partnerships with land managers, Landcare and local government and will increase community capacity to better manage koalas and their habitat on agricultural land. The proposed work will expand the 11km of corridors created during the previous three-year project in Monaltrie.

Professional bush regenerators will be engaged to restore the conservation values of riparian vegetation and expand and strengthen koala habitat, corridors and linkages. Vital riparian corridors will be restored on the left bank of the Wilson River floodplain between Wyrallah and Tucki Tucki.

Restoration work will serve to strengthen species migration pathways and create fauna refuges for other species, specifically flying-foxes, while re-establishing linear corridors that allow unrestricted koala movement.

Installing wildlife-friendly cattle exclusion fencing will be a main activity as will the replacement of woody weeds such as coral trees with native species, predominately koala food trees.

We would like to hear from landowners that have properties between Wyrallah Road and the Wilson River in the Wyrallah to Tucki Tucki area, who would like to be involved or learn more about the project. Phone Julie, Environmental Project Coordinator on 0466 474 543.

Ray measuring up the new worksite for permanent fencing. Dead coral trees in the background have been replaced with koala food trees