Friends of the Koala is hosting a workshop to be presented by internationally acknowledged koala authority, Dr Steven Phillips.

The workshop, titled: An Update on Aspects of Koala Ecology, Conservation & Management, will be based on Steve’s current work in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and will have a particular focus on projects in the Northern Rivers.

Dr Phillips is an independent scientist with the NSW Koala Recovery Team and he is principal of Biolink Pty Ltd Ecological Consultants.

Over his 35-plus years of experience with koalas, Steve has published extensively. He has also maintained a 20-year association with Friends of the Koala, whose president, Lorraine Vass, said: “Steve is working at the coalface of koala management with a diverse range of stakeholders ranging from local government, such as Hastings, Kempsey and Lismore councils, to the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water, organisers of events such as the World Rally Championship and Bluesfest 2010, conservation and environmental groups, and private developers.”

The workshop will draw on Steve’s recent work including the Skyline Road Monitoring Project, Koalas in the South-East Forests, Comprehensive Koala Plans of Management, Koalas at Tyagarah and in Gippsland’s Strzlelecki Ranges, the EPBC Act nomination process, and population viability analysis, translocation, and RG-bSAT (regularised grid-based spot assessment technique).

Mrs Vass said: “We expect Steve’s workshop to be eclectic and interactive.

“He is always generous in sharing his knowledge and experience, and of course, being a local, he has a special interest in what needs to be done to preserve our koalas.”

The workshop will be held on Saturday 27 March 2010 at Southern Cross University’s Lismore Campus. Registration from 9.30am for a 10am start (sharp) until 4pm.

Cost will be $10 for Friends of the Koala members, other licensed rehabilitators and concession registrations and $20 for others. Morning Tea will be provided but participants will need to self-cater for lunch.

Bookings are essential by phoning the Friends of the Koala Rescue Hotline on 6622 1233, or emailing info@friendsofthekoala.org.