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The Strzelecki Koala is a population of wild koalas found in the Strzelecki Ranges in South Eastern Victoria, Australia. Studies have proven that the koalas found in this area differ in genetic diversity to other populations found in Victoria. The exact extent and numbers of the population is still not known.

Prior to European settlement, koalas were widespread across Victoria. However, hunting and habitat loss caused their numbers to dwindle to dramatically low numbers in the late 19th century. In order to combat this, koalas were moved by government agencies from inbred populations with a very low genetic diversity on Phillip and French Islands to the rest of state. These inbred koalas thrived and are now the source of most koalas in Victoria, with the exception of populations in the Strzelecki Ranges.

It is because of this that the Strzelecki Koala population is believed to be unique in Victoria. Studies have proven the Strzelecki Koalas to be a genetically intact and a diverse example of a wild population of Koalas. It is therefore feasible that this genetically diverse population will better withstand threats such as disease and climate change than their genetically uniform cousins.





  • Koonwarra- Jachi Walsh 5664 2208 or 0409 944 810
  • Leongatha South- Clare Davis 5674 5568; 0407 314 239 (Thursday to Sunday)
  • Leongatha- Jessica Taylor 0417 525 886
  • Foster- Rose MCConchie 5681 2367
  • Walkerville- Michael and Sue Moore 0429016695
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South Gippsland Landcare Network

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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Such an awesome collaboration between West Gippsland Catchment Management Authorityand Agnes River Landcare Group
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To work 'whole of catchment' it pays to think both big AND small. Big, because catchments often are big, and small because working on many smaller projects within the catchments can bring big changes...both environmentally and socially, for a whole community.

Through Regional Riparian Action Plan funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning we've worked with Landcare groups and networks - right across the region.

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South Gippsland Landcare Network Agnes River Landcare Group Bass Coast Landcare Network Maffra & Districts Landcare Network Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Lisa Neville MP Harriet Shing MP
South Gippsland Landcare Network
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Landcare webinars

There have been 6 webinars to date in the National Landcare Conference webinar series. All can now be viewed through the webpage if you missed them. The webinars include:

- How Landcare organisations and projects have been
responding to various challenges
- Recruiting and engaging volunteers
- Getting involved in the Landcare Farming Program
- Landcare as a business
- Landcare Youth Summit
- Five interventions to improve Soil Health

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