Free field day for landholders living with koalas

Council is inviting farmers, graziers and other landholders on the Wilsons and Richmond floodplains to a free field day about living with koalas on rural lands.

The event is part of Lismore City Council’s Rural Landholder Initiative field days to help local landholders and farmers connect, learn and discuss protecting biodiversity.

The field day – Living with Koalas: Enhancing the habitat and health of koalas on the Richmond floodplains – will be held on Friday, 18 October 2019 from 9.30am to 2pm including a free lunch. It will be held at a farm in South Gundurimba and Council will provide address details on registration.

The day will focus on seeing koalas in the field and discussing ways that farmers and graziers can undertake habitat re-establishment within productive environments. Participants will travel to a number of different habitat sites and discuss the practical and science-based approaches to looking out for koalas, monitoring koala health and reconnecting broken habitat.

Hosts for the day are a local cane-growing family whose Richmond River property is also home to many resident and travelling koalas.

Presentations on the day will include:

  • The impacts of wild dogs on livestock and wildlife (Local Land Services).
  • Isolated paddock trees and windbreaks on the floodplain.
  • Koala hotspots on the floodplains – where they are and why.
  • A vet nurse will explain the differences between a healthy, sick and an older koala, and what to do when you see a sick koala.
  • Koala food tree identification and what to plant if you are planning a revegetation program.

This free event is delivered in association with Monaltrie Landcare, Friends of the Koala and Local Land Services.

Please RSVP on 1300 87 83 87. Lunch is provided and please wear sturdy shoes and a hat for walking.

This event is supported by the NSW Environmental Trust.

Source: Lismore City Council