Special spectator drops in on Coffs Creek regeneration works
ALONG Coffs Creek's western tributaries a band of bush regenerators has been working to restore koala habitat corridors.
With funding from a NSW Environmental Trust grant, the dedicated group has spent the past two years restoring habitat corridors by planting trees and controlling the woody weeds and vines.
Spokesperson Kris Hely said the focus has been to clear any impediment to koala movement as our famous national marsupials travel through bushland.
"Tree Fern Creek Landcare group has undertaken tree planting in the area, with further riparian revegetation to be undertaken in the coming month," Kris said.
"A thousand rainforest and koala food trees are to be planted as part of the requirements for a nearby service station development."
Bush regenerator Gemma Love was rewarded for her efforts by a close encounter with one of the local Dungirr (koala).
While work was going on this week, a healthy young male koala travelled along the ground, then posed long enough for Gemma to capture a photograph.
With his portrait taken the little bloke climbed into a nearby Tallowwood tree.
"Locals can help the local koala population by ensuring their pets are adequately restrained," Kris added.
"When on the ground, koala are at great risk from dog attack."