Koala breeding hub at Tomaree

Port Stephens Council has pledged its support for the conversion of a koala breeding hub identified between Anna Bay and Salamander Bay to national park.

Councillors voted unanimously to support a submission from Port Stephens Koalas to the NSW Minister for Environment Matt Kean in having the crown land annexed to Tomaree National Park.

In 2017, Dr Stephen Phillips identified a koala breeding ground located in proximity to Port Stephens Drive, Salamander Way and Nelson Bay Road.

The area is characterised by land owned by national parks, crown lands, and private landholders.

The long term sustainability of koalas in Port Stephens would benefit from a number of parcels of land being added to the national park estate creating important habitat connectivity between Anna Bay, Salamander Bay and One Mile Beach.