Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced additional funding for a successful koala project in Gunnedah, with a further $11,000 to be spent on revegetation projects with local landholders.

Mr Anderson said Tamworth Regional Landcare Association would receive grant from the NSW Government’s Saving our Species initiative. 
“Gunnedah landholders are passionately taking part in several projects partnering with the NSW office of environment and Heritage to protect and build the local koala population.
“This funding will enable the Tamworth Regional Landcare Association to secure the development of further revegetation projects to link and extend prime koala habitat in Gunnedah Shire. 
“This funding builds further on an earlier $95,000 project announced in March, also provided under Saving our Species with the Landcare Association, to identify priority areas on private land revegetation.
“I understand there is further interest from additional landholders to undertake habitat restoration works on their farms.
“The project will focus on preparing the land for tree planting, including weed control, and planting a variety of trees to provide the koalas with food and shelter. The extra money is due to more farms joining the project.
“Gunnedah is well known as the national Koala capitol and we’re working hard to reinforce that reputation.
“In the recent NSW Budget, the Government continued significant financial investment with the announcement of a $6.48m new generation Koala Park and Education centre, a proposal put forward by Gunnedah Shire Council.
“The park would also exhibit other native animals and operate as a small scale wildlife park/native animal hospital. Education and learning would be central to the experience, conveying a message of conservation and raising awareness of the plight of the inland koala. 
“It will create up to 20 jobs and attract 90,000 visitors a year to the Koala capitol. This will continue the legacy of the late wildlife warrior Nancy Small.    
“This latest $11,000 project is also in addition to the “Blinky Drinkers” project which is another innovative program underway in our area providing water stations in core habitat area for thirsty koalas,” Mr Anderson concluded.


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