KoalaKoala populations in the Bellingen area are of State significance and their survival depends on our community's commitment to their protection.

The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Koala Management Strategy - January 2017

The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Koala Management Strategy – January 2017 (the Strategy) was adopted by Bellingen Shire Council at its meeting of 16 December 2015.  The Bellingen Shire Council Coastal Area Core Koala Habitat Koala Plan of Management, which is one component of the strategy, was conditionally approved on 17 November 2016 by the Director of the Department of Planning and Environment under the provisions of Clause 13 of State Environmental Plan No. 44 – Koala Habitat Protection. This takes effect from 14 December 2016, when council resolved to accept the terms of the conditional approval.

If you are preparing a development application to develop land with core koala habitat, the Core Koala Habitat Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPOM) in Chapter 2 of the Strategy confirms Councils requirements for addressing potential impacts on koalas, or their habitat, in your development application. Where a development application or consent from council is not required for a proposed activity on your land, the CKPOM does not apply. Notwithstanding this, restrictions may be imposed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (the EPA) upon landowners wishing to undertake Private Native Forestry on land mapped as core koala habitat by the CKPOM.

Chapter 3 of the Strategy proposes a Development Assessment Framework for koala habitat that has not been identified as core koala habitat. This is yet to be developed and the provisions of State Environmental Plan No. 44 – Koala Habitat Protection will continue to apply in these areas for now.

Chapter 4 of the Strategy  outlines a suite of Management Activities for Council, other tiers of government, and the community, that are designed to protect and manage koalas and their habitat in the shire. Council looks forward to implementing the wide range of activities identified in the Strategy, in conjunction with the community, to ensure that koalas continue to exist and ultimately thrive across the landscape in Bellingen Shire.


Download the adopted BSC Coastal Area Koala Management Strategy (Jan 2017)

To download the Koala Habitat Mapping Spatial Data click here


For further information, please contact Council's Land Use Servcies Team on 6655 7300.

Learning about Koalas in our environment

Bellingen Marks Threatened Species Day with Tree Planting
Koalas in our backyard (PDF - 824.28KB)

Become a Koala Spotter

North Bellingen residents are invited to register as Koala Spotters so we can get a better idea of what can be done to help the local koala population survive.  All you need to do is:

  • Visit the Koala Map link to the Australian Koala Foundation
  • Register
  • Then when you see a koala you can log the sighting and we can begin to see what the koala population in North Bellingen might be.


  • Office of Environment and Heritage - 02 6651 5946
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service Coffs Coast Office - 6652 0900; Dorrigo Office - 6657 2309
  • Wires for advice about injured animals or to report koala sighting: 1300 094 737 or 02 6652 7119
  • Bellingen Shire Council - 02 6655 7300