Residents encouraged to report koala sightings

Media release - 29 September 2017

Kempsey Shire Council is calling on residents to report any sightings of koalas to define their distribution, population and trends in the Macleay Valley.

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer, Bill Larkin, said Council is interested in keeping records of koalas particularly the location of where they have been sighted in the Shire to raise awareness of their habitats.

“We’re encouraging residents to report any koalas they see in the Shire and to let us know of their condition - whether they are healthy, sick, injured or deceased,” Mr Larkin said.

“Data collected from individual sightings will provide Council with valuable information that can be used to assist Council with future conservation planning.

“The koala breeding season is from now through to February so residents should be able to see a lot more of them.”

To report any sightings please fill out Council’s online koala records form by going to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/koalas

A koala spotted on Dulconghi Street, Crescent Head. Photo: Mick Gray