Linda Sparrow (Byron Bay)

Safeguarding an Australian icon can be hard work, but Linda Sparrow is a woman on a mission. In 2016, she set out to map and protect the prosperous Bangalow koala population while gathering support from the local community. This led to the creation of Bangalow Koalas in the same year, which has become a movement with national and international recognition.

Linda has raised more than $450,000, planted 26,000 trees, grown a social media presence and run many community workshops to help protect the koalas she loves so much. Her passion is contagious and she’s a big reason this koala population is prospering.

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