100 HECTARES TO SECURE POTTSVILLE KOALAS Tweed-Brunswick’s koala population has received a boost with the NSW Government purchasing 100 hectares of koala habitat in Pottsville to help secure the population, Member for Tweed Geoff Provest and the Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced today. The 100 hectares is adjacent to Tweed Shire Council land which connects to Cudgen Nature Reserve at the northern end of the Koala Beach residential estate. “This is massive win for our koala population and our local community,” Mr Provest said. “This land will help rehabilitate and establish koala habitat to help secure the Tweed-Brunswick koala population. “Securing this land will also support the Council’s Tweed Coast Koala conservation work.” The property sits within Tweed Shire Council’s Tweed Koala Plan of Management area and is part of a 14 kilometre corridor from Casuarina Beach in the north to Black Rocks in the south. Ms Upton said the NSW Government had started developing a whole-of-government koala strategy, as recommended by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane AC. “This strategy will complement the koala conservation work already being done under the NSW Government’s Saving our Species program,” Ms Upton said. “Last year we also committed to investing $10 million over five years to acquire vital koala habitat – this investment is on top of the land purchase in Pottsville.” Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the NSW Government was committed to coordinating efforts to stabilise and ultimately increase the numbers of koalas across NSW. “More than $1.8 million has already been invested in koala conservation across NSW through the Saving our Species program since 2012–13 with another $800 000 allocated from the 2017–18 budget,” Mr Franklin said.