Crowd funding call-out for local koala park
THE community has been called on to help save koala habitat in Coffs Harbour by dipping into their own pockets
A fundraising campaign had been launched to create a proposed 315,000ha Great Koala National Park that would ensure protection of two nationally significant koala metapopulations
Located near Coffs Harbour, 83 sections of the proposed area are listed for logging over the next nine months
National Parks Association of NSW chief executive Kevin Evans said the ambitious proposal has been made in the absence of a state koala recovery plan.
"Most of the remaining high quality habitat lies in state forests where continued clearing of native vegetation and logging is leading to the removal of vital food and habitat trees," Mr Evans said.
"In the absence of vital (koala recovery plans) to guide strategies we are working hard to make koala conservation a priority issue."
The new park would be created by combining 175,000ha of state forests with 140,000ha of existing protected areas.
It would also protect the area's world heritage rainforests including some of world's most diverse eucalypt forests and an array of threatened species.
Mr Evans said increased tourism and recreation opportunities would benefit communities including Bellingen, Coffs Harbour and Dorrigo.
The organisation is seeking to raise at least $10,000 through the crowd funding campaign.