About The World by Bernice Abuan 3 minutes

Farmer Frank leads by example to utilise land for furry friends

Koalas in NSW are already in serious decline, now bushfires have hit the iconic species hard with hundreds feared killed and the leaves on trees incinerated.

Bushfire in Bowraville, NSW, November 2019

In collaboration with Koala, WWF-Australia is launching an exciting tree campaign, with the aims of helping the already devastated population. 

Bangalow local, Frank Binkley is doing his part to improve habitats that have been lost in recent fires by creating a koala sanctuary on his farm in northern NSW.

Binkley has started the sanctuary by clearing camphor laurel trees, an invasive population that has run rampant across northern NSW, and previously, Binkley’s farm in Bangalow. 

The feral population is an invasive species that replace pasture and threatens native vegetation. 

The build of the koala sanctuary was made possible with funding from furniture company, Koala.

Two years later, the first trees he planted for the koala sanctuary stand two metres tall.  

Newer plantings across the farm continue to take hold, while poisoned camphor dies off, leaving room for more native vegetation. 

Soon, rescued koalas will be released in the sanctuary Frank is creating. 

Koala mother and joey seeking refuge on a bulldozed logpile, near Kin Kin Queensland.

“It’s all for them,” 

Born in Canada, Binkley wants his grandkids to be able to see koalas. 

It’s not just Frank. A quiet tree revolution is underway as locals, tired of government inaction, take matters into their own hands.

The northern NSW town now gets hundreds of volunteers turning up to days dedicated to tree planting and building habitats for the devastated population of koalas.

In just under two years, the organisation with help from the furniture business, Koala has planted nearly 20,000 trees to build a koala corridor. 

The initiative is gaining traction, with comedian, Jimeoin having signed up for native trees to be planted on his property. 

High profile finance guru, Mark Bouris has plans to plant a mass of the trees on his farm halfway between Bangalow and Byron Bay.

Bouris said, “This is not about going to a zoo to see a koala or looking at a stamp to see a koala, or looking at a magazine. We have to do whatever we can to enhance the numbers of koalas and all native animals in general,”  

Grassroots action such as saving existing native trees and planting new ones will help save koalas and other threatened species.

Stay tuned to hear more about the exciting tree planting campaign and how you can help create koala habitats.

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