Council giveaway of 2,000 koala food trees

Media release - 11 March 2019

Kempsey Shire Council is giving away four species of Eucalyptus trees this month to residents interested in supporting the local koala population.

The 2,000 free koala food trees which will be available from Council’s Customer Service Centre on Friday, 22 March between 9:00am and 1:00pm on a first come, first served basis.

Residents will need to show proof of residence in the Kempsey Shire to collect the free trees which will be a mix of Eucalyptus microcorys (Tallowwood), Eucalyptus tereticornis (Forest red gum), Eucalyptus propinqua (Grey gum) and Eucalyptus robusta (Swamp mahogany).

Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer, Bill Larkin, said the tree giveaway was thanks to a partnership between Council, the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and the Forestry Corporation of NSW.

“Council is committed to helping preserve the local koala habitat and is pleased to be able to provide residents with free trees in order to create a more koala-friendly environment for the future,” Mr Larkin said.

“By planting koala food tree corridors, we can help the marsupials to move between isolated pockets of habitat and also benefit other wildlife.”

For more information, or to order a large quantity of trees, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200

Eucalyptus saplings and koalaResidents are encouraged to pick up free koala food trees from Council to support the local koala population