Citizen scientists needed to help track Campbelltown's koalas

A tagged koala in Appin
A tagged koala in Appin

Campbelltown Council wants to learn more about the region's koalas - and they need your help to do it.

Residents living in or near koala habitat can now help track Campbelltown's koala population as part of the largest monitoring program ever conducted in the region.

Part of the council's Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management requires the set-up of a long-term koala monitoring program to better understand the local koala colony's locations, movements and numbers.

Residents of Macquarie Fields, Long Point, Ingleburn, Minto Heights, Kentlyn and Wedderburn who live on rural properties larger than 10,000sqm are urged to join the program.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said it was important to learn as much as possible.

"This study will deepen our knowledge of our local koala populations and support us to preserve and enhance the local colony and their habitat into the future," Mayor George Brticevic said.

"Through the contributions of many great people in our community over the years, we know that we have an abundant colony of koalas which is expanding and this program will enable us to learn so much more about them.

"Combined with our Koalatown awareness campaign, the Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management will ensure we are doing everything we can, with the involvement of our community, to ensure the ongoing health and survival of our koalas."

Residents who sign up will be visited by a member of the council's Natural Areas Team and an expert ecological consultant between December 7 and December 15 to assess the presence of koalas and koala habitat.

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