Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Plant the Trees and They Will Come

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Plant the Trees and They Will Come

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Byline: Graham Orams Graham.Orams@dailyexaminer.com.au

THERE are high hopes

Iluka's koala population is returning to the area.

Sixteen years ago a small group of Iluka residents began replanting eucalypt trees in an attempt to lure back koala populations.

With much of the koalas' original habitat de- stroyed by sandmining a coupled with on-going deaths on the then- 100kmh speed limit Iluka Rd a the local koala population was under great stress.

Kay Jeffrey from the Association of Iluka Residents (AIR) said Iluka, at the time, was probably left with just a handful of koalas.

aAfter the sand-mining, the koala habitat had been removed . . . plus the road kill was very high,a she said.

aI loved the koalas and got involved with Landcare . . . and that is how I got involved.a

Ms Jeffrey said the wait had been long and slow, with occasional setbacks.

aApproximately two years ago we lost two koalas within a matter of weeks,a she said. …

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