Growing green for Lismores koalas

A local Green Corps team and supporters celebrate the teams graduation and the completion of their six-month work on Lismores Koala Habitat Rehabilitation Project. Pictured are (back l-r) Michael Hallinan (bushland management officer for Lismore City Council), Monica OReilly (Green Corps team leader), Mark Willoughby (general manager for Newtrain), Merv King (Lismore mayor), Tow World, Tomas Hansen, Jai Kindred, Colin McDonell and Sue-Ann Steer (Green Corps co-ordinator) with (front l-r) Paris Yatras, Jake Toby and Andrew Smith.

Ten young people passionate about their local environment recently graduated from a six-month stint with Green Corps where they helped save Lismores koala population.

Lismore City Councils Koala Habitat Rehabilitation Project is working with landowners in Lismores south-east area (Goonellabah, Tregeagle and Chilcotts Grass) to restore koala habitat.

Landowners were very appreciative of their efforts. They have so much energy and enthusiasm, said Lismore City Councils bushland management officer, Michael Hallinan, of the Green Corps team.

Green Corps team leader Monica OReilly said the six-month participation by this Green Corps team had been a bit of a roller-coaster but had achieved very positive outcomes with over 1500 trees planted and hectares of lantana, privet, asparagus fern and camphor laurel cleared.

These weeds choke koala food trees, preventing koalas from accessing food.

It was an outstanding effort, Monica said.

Over 35 landowners are participating in the project, which aims to restore koala habitat in the area by planting trees, controlling weeds, and promoting natural regeneration. The project continues until April 2009.


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