COFFS Harbour is one of the only cities in the world to have koalas living at its heart, but they need our help, says Mark Graham, mayoral candidate for the Greens in the Coffs Harbour City Council elections.
Areas such as Coffs Creek, Toormina and East Boambee have breeding koalas living side by side with urban residents, while to the south at Bonville and Bongil Bongil one of the largest coastal populations of koalas in Australia can be found.
Coffs Harbour is also the only city on the North Coast to have at its heart a corridor of green, with the Coffs Creek corridor providing a haven for an array of urban wildlife.
“Tourists from around the world come to see koalas in their natural habitat within minutes of the Coffs City Centre, so we simply cannot afford to lose our koala population,” Mr Graham said.
“But over recent years the population of koalas along Coffs Creek has plummeted and there is now a very real risk of losing our urban koalas if we do not act to protect and re-connect their remaining habitat.”
Coffs Harbour is the only local government area in NSW to have a comprehensive koala plan of management.