Painted koala sculptures to stay in schools

The finished koala sculptures.

The koalas have been painted – and they’re looking good.

Students at small primary schools have been exploring the challenges of koala conservation with support from the NSW Koala Strategy funding.

The project began two years ago in a koala art project organised by the Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network with a creative collaboration between local artists Uncle Wayne Walker and Rebecca Tapscott as part of the Kyogle Boodahbee – Koala Festival 2021.

There are three new koala sculptures at Barkers Vale, The Risk and Collins Creek Public Schools.

The project explored the benefits of cultural fire in maintaining the health of habitat, strategic plantings to support wildlife corridors and the impacts of disease, roadkill and predation.  

It is hoped the project will be extended to more schools in Kyogle LGA next year.

Aunty Marcia with the koala sculptures. Photos: Contributed

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