Koalas are facing greater threats than ever. The Tacking Point Lions Club’s partnership with the NSW government and environmental professionals initiated in 2019, continues to strengthen as the plight of koalas and other threatened species continues to worsen.
Unprecedented bushfires in 2019 and 2020 have had a devastating impact on koala populations as well as koala habitat in many parts of New South Wales. It is more important than ever to protect the habitat that remains and protect the animals still trying to survive. Koala Smart’s goal is to educate, inspire and drive change in local communities by generating ideas in the classroom and applying those ideas in the real world.
Examples of 2019 submissions can be seen on the KOALA SMART website.
An Information Pack has been designed to guide and assist you in coordinating a KOALA SMART program in your local area that also links into a cohesive State-wide program. The idea to is to run one program per NSW School District so please liaise with other Lions Clubs in your area if required. Stages of the project along with an outline of the associated tasks are included in the attached document.
To obtain a Club Agreement, register your interest by clicking on the LIONS button on the Koala Smart homepage. A logon will then be generated for your club which will enable access the KOALA SMART website, where a variety of templates and useful information will become progressively available throughout the year.
We really appreciate your interest in the program and look forward to working with you on this initiative.
Janice McGilchrist (Chair – Koala Smart)
M: PO Box 9047, Port Macquarie NSW 2444 Australia
|Stage 1 – Lions Commitment||• Local Lions Clubs agree to participate and sign agreement
• Make local decisions re prizes, sponsors, etc and update required documents
• Commence promotion in local media and directly with local schools
|Stage 2 – Schools Commitment||• Schools agree to participate and sign agreement
• Each school commences research and prepares outline of response
• Lions to create database of participating schools and maintain contact
|Stage 3 – Addressing the Question||• Schools engage local environmental groups and/or 'Critical Friends'
• Schools prepare and lodge their submission
• Lions engage suitable judges and book venue for public exhibition
|Stage 4 – Assessment||• Liaise with DPIE for Statewide assessment
• Assessment of local submissions
• Promote public exhibition in local media
|Stage 5 – Public Exhibition||• Public exhibition of submissions
• Promote outcomes of assessment in local media and garner support for implementation of suitable projects
|Stage 6 – Implementation||• Engage local groups to assist with implementation of ideas
• Continue to engage local media on outcomes delivered