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Proposal to establish a Great Koala National Park

The Morrison Government has committed to supporting threatened Australian species through a range of measures.

One such initiative is the 20 Million Trees Program. The 20 Million Trees Program aims to plant 20 million trees around Australia by 2020 to re-establish and grow green corridors and urban forests. This will restore the habitat of koalas and other threatened species. As you may be aware, habitat destruction is one of the largest contributing factors to declining numbers of koalas in Australia and specifically on the North Coast of NSW.

While the federal government is taking steps to restore the habitats of endangered and threatened species, the responsibility for more specific conservation measures falls within the responsibilities of state governments. As such, each state has different programs that are focused on protecting koalas and other endangered species.

The NSW Government has allocated $20 million from the NSW Environmental Trust to purchase land with prime koala habitat that can be permanently reserved as national parks. More information on NSW Government conservation strategies can be found here: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/animals-and-plants/threatened-species/programs-legislation-and-framework/nsw-koala-strategy.