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Koalas and Aboriginal culture

Explore the many different aspects of the relationship between Aboriginal people and koalas, and learn how traditional ecological knowledge is being applied to the conservation of koalas and their habitat across New South Wales.

Acknowledgment of Country

The NSW Government acknowledges and respects past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders, across all lands on which koalas occur.  
In acknowledging this continued connection to Country, and the ongoing custodianship of the koala, the NSW Koala Strategy developed a film celebrating the program's meaningful engagement and partnerships with Aboriginal communities.  
The Acknowledgement to Country film was written by Dhanggati Traditional Owner Nancy Pattinson and endorsed by the statewide Koala Aboriginal Advisory Panel. Involving Aboriginal Traditional Owners caring for Koala Country across the state, the film highlights the important role Aboriginal communities play in conserving koalas and their habitat.


Projects with Aboriginal partners

Aboriginal communities have a strong role to play in ensuring the long-term health of koalas and their habitat. Partnerships with Aboriginal communities are helping to deliver coordinated on-ground actions informed by community expertise.
Aboriginal girl holding gum leaves