Koala Smart

A Lions Club Project

What is Koala Smart?

Koala Smart is a Lions project aimed to inspire, motivate and educate primary and secondary school children, along with the local community, to actively participate and embrace change to slow the decline in koala populations within the local region.

Koala Smart is an educational and creative arts program for schools in the Port Macquarie Hastings and Kempsey Shire Council areas that fall within or near the local Area of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS). These are specific areas where Koalas are known to exist and where growth in a healthy koala population has been possible because of a valuable genetic diversity.

Significant research and data collected in these ARKS deliver some disturbing predictions. Most notably, if current urban growth practices continue, koalas will become extinct in the next 35 years. It is believed that a significant step in preventing this catastrophe is education – at all levels of the community.

Participate in koala smart

Koala Smart is offered to both Secondary and Primary schools, in both government and non-government schools. The program is split into educational and creative components.

Over the course of the school calendar year, students will be asked to prepare a visual or written response to the question “What would you do to save the koala?”  The school entries will be evaluated and a winning entry from both Primary and Secondary schools will each receive a full-size Hello Koalas sculpture painted in their school colours.

In 2019, participating schools will receive a half-metre Hello Koalas-style sculpture that students will design a theme for and paint. All sculptures will then be put on public display along with their ideas for saving the koala, showcasing the many creative ideas of local students. In October, the public will be invited to vote on their favourites at the public displays – the People’s Choice.

What would you do to save the koala?

The Tacking Point Lions Club in conjunction with the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Hello Koalas and the Hastings-Macleay Koala Recovery Partnership (Mid North Coast Joint Organisation) are taking a step towards saving koalas from extinction.

Check out the news from our local school participants of Koala Smart 2019.


Get Involved

Parents are encouraged to start a conversation and actively support their child’s participation in the school Koala Smart project.


Join in and volunteer your expertise, whether its environmental or creative, and participate in your child’s school Koala Smart project.


Join Lions

Love what we’re doing? If you’re interested in our organisation, you can join your local Lion’s Club and help drive the change that’s needed!

koala smart 2020

We encourage all schools that are located within or near the Area of Regional Koala Significance to register their interest for Koala Smart 2020.