Rare koala sightings are being reported around Cedar Brush Creek in Yarramalong.
Yarramalong resident Mark Davis has captured images of koalas at his Yarramalong property as recently as October 2019.
Central Coast environmentalist Jake Cassar said he had heard from Yarramalong locals that there had been many sightings over the past few years.
Yarramalong resident and environmental writer Libby Keating said koalas had been in and around Yarramalong since 2012/13.
“They have been here for a long time, they are in the high regions of the valley in the Cedar Brush Creek area,” she said.
“People who are seeing them are on properties remote from the roads.”
Koalas have been thought to be extinct for decades on the Central Coast, however there have been a reported sightings in Mogo Creek and one in Rumbulara Reserve in Gosford.
In 2017, two koalas were captured on night-vision cameras in Dharug National Park. The park has since been decimated by the recent Three Mile bushfire which covers 45,944 hectares.
The recent images from Yarramalong have prompted Mr Cassar, the founding member of Coast Environmental Alliance (CEA), to continue calls for an urgent halt to the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine which is set to be built under the Yarramalong and Dooralong valleys.
“The discovery of a koala population so close to the proposed mine is not only a significant development, but should be considered a game changer,” he said.
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