NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean today announced that five Southern Highland landholders will be offered funded conservation agreements to protect and manage koala habitat on their land.
The five in-perpetuity conservation agreements will protect 1,094 hectares of koala habitat on private land.
“These new private land conservation sites will complement the recent gazettal of the Guula Ngurra (‘koala country’) National Park to deliver serious koala conservation outcomes in the Southern Highlands,” Mr Kean said.
“The area is home to one of the most significant koala populations in the State, and a large portion of koala habitat in the Southern Highlands is found on private land,”
The NSW Government and the NSW Biodeiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) have identified the Southern Highlands koala population as a high priority for investment because it represents the largest known population of koalas in Southern NSW and comprises around 10 percent of the total NSW koala population.