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Campbelltown Koala Advice

Advice on the Protection of the Campbelltown Koala Population

In December 2019, the Hon. Matthew Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment, and the Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, requested advice on the protection of the Campbelltown koala population.

Specifically:

  • The adequacy of the proposed measures for koala conservation proposed by property group Lendlease on land referred to as Mt Gilead Stage 2 (MGS2) and the consistency of these measures with the NSW Koala strategy
  • What, if any, additional conservation measures are considered necessary
  • What, if any, site-specific measures for koala species should be incorporated into the Cumberland Plain Conservation Plan for the Greater Macarthur Growth Area to support the long-term viability of the koala population
  • Whether east-west corridors linking the Nepean and Georges Rivers can contribute to the conservation of the Campbelltown koala population; and, if so, which east-west corridors and what measures should be taken to ensure their effectiveness.

Terms of Reference

Advice on the protection of the Campbelltown Koala population Terms of Reference

Expert Panel

An Independent Expert Panel was established to provide advice. The panel consisted of some members of the Independent Expert Advisory Panel for the NSW Koala Strategy and included:

  • Dr Chris Armstrong PSM, Deputy Chief Scientist & Engineer (Chair)
  • Professor Kathy Belov AO, Professor of Comparative Genomics and Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Carolyn Hogg, Senior Research Manager, Australasian Wildlife Genomics Group, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Jonathan Rhodes, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland.

The Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer provided secretariat support.

Final Advice

Advice on the protection of the Campbelltown Koala population