Local artist Lori Watson (centre) with Tweed Council’s Koala Connections project co-ordinator Sally Jacka (left) and Friends of the Koala Inc president Lorraine Vass.
Local artist Lori Watson (centre) with Tweed Council’s Koala Connections project co-ordinator Sally Jacka (left) and Friends of the Koala Inc president Lorraine Vass. Contributed

Brighter future for koalas

ARTIST Lori Watson has donated a pastel study of a koala to raise money to help local koalas.

The artwork will be raffled with all proceeds going to Friends of the Koala Inc., a partner in the Koala Connections project.

Koala Connections co-ordinator Sally Jacka said Lori's artwork, titled It's Our World Too depicted beautifully the character of koalas.

"Lori is deeply concerned about the plight of koalas on the Tweed Coast and wants to do something positive to assist them," she said.

Funded by Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Environment Trust, the Koala Connections project aims to connect koalas to their habitats and people to koala conservation.

A series of workshops to increase community knowledge and appreciation of koalas has been delivered over the past six months.

"Further workshops will be held next year, but for now the participants are concentrating on propagating and planting trees in areas that will enhance and connect koala habitat," Ms Jacka said.

Friends of the Koala is a voluntary community group dedicated to conserving koalas in the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed.

Volunteer rescuers and rehabilitators operate a 24-hour service for sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

Call Sally Jacka on (02) 6670 2561 or sjacka@tweed.nsw.gov.au or Friends of the Koala on (02) 6622 1233.

This is also the number to report koala sightings and sick, injured or orphaned koalas.



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