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Coastal emus are the topic of discussion at an upcoming information session hosted by Clarence Valley Council and Office of Environment and Heritage. Image credit: J. Malecki.

Coastal emu community information session

Coastal emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) are listed as endangered under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, with fewer than 50 individuals known to remain on the east coast. They need our help.

Clarence Valley Council and Office of Environment and Heritage are working in partnership with local landholders; North Coast Local Land Services; National Parks and Wildlife Service; and Gulmarrad Public School to host a coastal emu community information session. The information session will take place at Gulmarrad Public School on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 2.30pm.

The information session includes presentations regarding the threats to the coastal emu and management actions being taken by local organisations and community members. Come and learn how to participate as a citizen scientist and do your part to protect this iconic population.

The event comes a month after the Clarence Valley Council’s Coastal Emus in the Clarence Register and Story page went live. The register is aimed at understanding the coastal emu distribution and travel pathways to determine the conservation value of regional zones and further develop management guidelines for natural resources. You can visit the page at to explore the register and stay posted about future emu-related news. You can also learn more about the coastal emu on the Clarence Valley Council and Office of Environment and Heritage websites.

For more information regarding the information session or Coastal Emu Register, contact Caragh Heenan from the Clarence Valley Council natural resource management team via [email protected] or (02) 6641 7357.

Please RSVP by COB Tuesday, December 11, 2018 via Eventbrite ( and search for Event #53027565877.