Guula Ngurra National Park opened this Sunday in the NSW Southern Highlands as part of the state government strategy to save Koala populations. The name, translating to ‘Koala Country’, was suggested by The Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the area the Gundungurra and Tharawal people and is a fitting ode to the importance of the habitat.
The new park is one measure in a $44.7 million plan to address the severe impacts of recent bush fires on Koala populations. Experts say habitat preservation the most significant conservation effort available and the establishment of the national park is a positive step forward. However, the park alone will not save our beloved iconic creatures and there is much more work still to be done.