The Tweed Coast’s koala population has been given a boost through a state government grant.
Tweed Shire Council will receive $99,000 through the Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation program to help protect the native marsupial and restore its habitat.
“The Pottsville wetland provides a critical habitat for the Tweed coast koala population and this project will help restore koala habitat and reduce threats, such as dog attacks and bush fires,” Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said.
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Mr Provest also announced a second government grant to Tweed Landcare to restore and link bush corridors on private properties with national park reserve system land.
“This project will help fill gaps in important corridors that connect the Tweed Coast with the Border Ranges,” he added. “Connecting these corridors will help provide long term protection for threatened species.”
Environment Minister Mark Speakman joined Mr Provest at Pottsville for the announcement and said communities have invaluable knowledge and passion for their local bushland, wildlife, heritage and ecological sustainability.
“These grants acknowledge and support these on-ground works and together these projects form a network of environmental initiatives, making a difference,” Mr Speakman said.