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Hello Koala’s Ranger Riley has a new gig
Port Macquarie News
09 Mar 2017

The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail has claimed numerous business and tourism awards but is now moving into a new phase of awareness raising.  At an artist’s talk at Sea Acres on Wednesday, the trail’s creator Margaret Meagher outlined plans for one of the latest creations – Ranger Riley – to become the ambassador for threatened species in NSW National Parks.


Volunteers recognised for great work
Port Macquarie News
06 Dec 2016

Leslie Williams MP presents volunteers with certificates of appreciation.  Local volunteers have been recognised and presented certificates of appreciation at a morning tea at the CWA rooms on December 6.  Local campaigner Margret Meagher was presented with the 2016 Local Woman of the Year Award in recognition of the contribution to arts and health.


NSW Tourism Award honours for Hastings tourism businesses
Port Macquarie News
01 Dec 2016

TOURISM businesses from the Hastings took home gold, silver and bronze in the NSW Tourism Awards. The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail won bronze in the tourist attractions category.  The awards promote and reward tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.


2016 Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards nominee: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Port Macquarie News
02 Aug 2016

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is the signature cultural/tourism attraction for Port Macquarie-Hastings, encompassing 50+ sculptures, hand painted by artists, and sponsored by business and community.  In a very short space of time, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail has captured the hearts of the local community as well as becoming arguably the most successful cultural tourism attraction in the history of the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Scoop found!
Port Macquarie News
09 Mar 2016

PORT Macquarie’s search for its missing koala has finally come to an end. Scoop, the Port News sculpture from the iconic Hello Koalas tourist trail, has been found, after a high and low search for him. Divers scoured the Hastings River near Lady Nelson Wharf, where Scoop went missing, but he was eventually found by a skydiver.


Funds to Promote Tourism
Port Macquarie News
02 Feb 2015

When Regional Tourism Minister John Barilaro was in Port Macquarie recently to announce $693,000 funding through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund to the North Coast Destination Network, the Minister and Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams also took some time out to meet Margret Meagher, Executive Director Arts and Health Australia, and “Starry Soul” on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.


Port Macquarie Public Art damaged by vandals
ABC News
14 Jan 2015

Four more sculptures on Port Macquarie’s popular “Hello Koalas’ trail have been damaged by vandals.


More Hello Koala Trail vandalism
Camden Haven Courier
13 Jan 2015

VANDALISM of the koala public sculptures across the Hastings and Camden Haven has reached new lows. Another four of the immensely popular koalas located along the Town Green were damaged over the weekend.


Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Sydney Morning Herald Summer Planner
06 Jan 2015

Explore Port Macquarie along a sculpture trail featuring one of Australia’s most beloved animals.


Koala sculptures attract Tourists
Port Macquarie News
02 Jan 2015
THE koala sculptures dotting our landscape are a hit with the influx of holidaymakers.

Oma gone: Maybe forever?
Camden Haven Courier
22 Dec 2014

On Saturday December 20 at around 10pm local police were informed that OMA the Hello Koala sculpture was stolen from Longworth Park.


The Bear Essentials
Daily Telegraph Sydney
13 Dec 2014

When you mix koalas and food, most people would think gum leaves, but in Port Macquarie they are thinking tourists.



Koalas colour Port’s world
The Senior Traveller - Victoria and Tasmania editions
01 Dec 2014

PORT Macquarie, four hours drive north of Sydney, has become home to the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, featuring 50 one-metre high koala sculptures.


Kidnapped koala Starry Soul back in place on Port Macquarie’s Town Green
Port Macquarie News
21 Nov 2014
STARRY Soul is at last back on his plinth at Town Green, among his fellow Hello Koala Public Sculpture Trail friends, thanks to a French tourist and public outcry in the Port News and on our website and Facebook pages.

Westport Public School workshop targets threatened species
Port Macquarie News
12 Nov 2014

Threatened wildlife species of Australia were highlighted at a workshop for Westport Public School students at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre.



Missing Koala found starry
NBN News Mid North Coast
05 Nov 2014

There’s been a happy ending to the case of Port Macquarie’s missing koala sculpture.
The much loved “Starry Soul” has been returned after it was stolen on Sunday night, and is now on the hunt for new, safer home.


Editorial: Protecting our koalas
Port Macquarie News
05 Nov 2014

When the Port Macquarie News informed our readers about the theft of one of the Hello Koala sculptures, the outpouring of support from the community was overwhelming.


Stolen Hello Koala returned
Port Macquarie News
05 Nov 2014

Crowing on social media undid those who allegedly stole Hello Koalas sculpture Starry Soul from the Town Green early on Monday.


Imagine all the people. The Hello Koalas Sculpture Project has truly captured the public’s attention Hello Koalas launch
The Newcastle Herald Weekender
31 Oct 2014

SITTING inconspicuously in the Zebu Bar at the Rydges Port Macquarie, you can’t help but notice their behaviour. Not more than 50 metres away along the Hastings River shoreline path sits a one-metre-high koala, Celtic Koala by name.


Leaving a local mark on Paris
Boorowa News
23 Oct 2014

Former Boorowa local, Sophie Corcoran has left her artistic mark on Paris recently. The young artist has been involved in the Greater Port Macquarie’s ‘Hello Koalas Sculpture Project,’ which has seen 50 koalas set up in prominent locations around the region.


Hello Koalas makes The BEST FOR 2015
The Daily Telegraph
19 Oct 2014
Hello Koalas makes The BEST FOR 2015 in yesterday’s Escape.com.au magazine!!

Take in the Art of the New
Sunday Telegraph Escape NSW
19 Oct 2014

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is featured as a must-do attraction in 2015.


Vandals attack koala sculptures
Port Macquarie News
13 Oct 2014
TWO koala sculptures were damaged in what is believed to be random vandalism on Friday night. The Port News’ koala sculpture, Scoop, was damaged as was Celtic Koala when the sculptures were ripped from their plinths on the Town Green.

Your Guide to Regional NSW – October 2014 to April 2015 Your Guide to Regional NSW October 2014 - April 2015
Destination NSW
12 Oct 2014

The new Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail celebrates Greater Port Macquarie’s claim to being the koala capital of Australia. Along the trail, you’ll see beautifully-painted koala sculptures.


Watch out for giant koalas
Macleay Valley Argus
03 Oct 2014

Macleay Valley artists have contributed to a spectacular art project involving giant koalas.


Full page editorial on Hello Koalas
Holidays with Kids
02 Oct 2014
A full page of Hello Koalas editorial is in ‘Holidays with Kids’ magazine this Spring. HWK has a huge readership of over 600,000. This issue is currently on sale in newsagents, in all the major airline lounges and onboard Qantas flights and our many other distribution portals.

“Bago Blossum The Amaze-ing Koala” at Bago Vineyards featured in Your Guide to Regional NSW Bago Blossum
Your Guide to Regional NSW
01 Oct 2014
“Your Guide to Regional NSW”, produced by Destination NSW has been inserted into more than 2 million newspapers across Australia in October and a further 280,000 have been inserted into #NewZealandnewspapers. Hello Koalas Sculpture Project is featured on page 25.

Oh, Hello Koalas
Camden Haven Courier
01 Oct 2014

The koala trail around the Hastings has been installed. Will you see them all? Share your photos with us!


Your Hello Koalas pictures
Port Macquarie News
29 Sep 2014

Fifty large-scale sculptures, manufactured in fibreglass and hand-painted and decorated by celebrity artists, professional artists and community groups, now dot our landscape.


Hello Koalas invasion is now complete
Port Macquarie News
29 Sep 2014

An army of 50 large-scale koala sculptures have taken over local vantage points and landmarks these school holidays.


Where to see Hello Koalas
Port Macquaries News
29 Sep 2014

FIFTY large-scale sculptures, manufactured in fibreglass and hand-painted and decorated by celebrity artists, professional artists and community groups, now dot our landscape.

It travels from the mountains of Comboyne through the Wauchope and down to the sea ..


Be a tourist in our backyard
Port Macquarie News
26 Sep 2014

Do you have relos visiting for the school holidays? Are the kids already bored? Why not be a tourist in your own backyard?


Pick of the Bunch
Saturday Daily Telegraph
20 Sep 2014

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail features in the “pick of the bunch” as part of the School Holiday Planner.


Take your pick of snot bombs, Lego and a giant koala trail these school holidays
Daily Telegraph online
20 Sep 2014
They breed their koalas big in Port Macquarie. Starting these school holidays 50 of them, each standing 1m tall, will be scattered throughout the koala capital of Australia. Next time you’re in the holiday region follow the trail of the giant sculptures — each specially painted to celebrate local art and raise awareness of environmental sustainability.

Hello Koalas!
Regional Arts NSW
09 Sep 2014

You won’t see these guys sleeping in the trees or being bad mannered with the tourists, but you will definitely be able to see them because a one metre high, fibreglass brightly coloured koala is very hard to miss.


Hello Koalas launch
Wauchope Gazette
04 Sep 2014

NSW Premier Mike Baird made a brief appearance in Port Macquarie on Monday for the unveiling of the 50 colourful critters that will form the Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail.


Big is better when it comes to koalas
03 Sep 2014

Big is beautiful and those infamous big landmarks that dot the Australian landscape are set to get a new sibling in Port Macquarie.Yes folks, the Big Koala is coming!


Exploring Greater Port Macquarie – simply GREAT!
Out and About with Kids
01 Sep 2014

 “Jet and Lola were both mesmerised by the creatively decorated Bago Blossum, who stands a metre tall…”


Hello Koalas Sculpture Project Official Launch by the Hon. Premier Mike Baird and Special Preview Ceremony.
Published on Vimeo and produced by Nathan Branch for Arts and Health Australia.
01 Sep 2014

The NSW Premier, the Hon. Mike Baird was special guest at the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail Preview Ceremony for over 200 artists, sponsors and supporters at Emerald Downs Golf Course on 1 September 2014.


NSW Premier Mike Baird in Port Macquarie to launch the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Port Macquarie News
01 Sep 2014

NSW Premier Mike Baird will come face to face with 50 sculptured koalas at Emerald Downs Golf Club on Monday.


Koala Sculpture proving popular
Wauchope Gazette
14 Aug 2014

The “Granny Square” design painted on its koala sculpture will welcome people and symbolise the warmth and care provided by the staff of Wauchope Hospital.


Hello Koalas trail features on the BBC Travel Show
BBC Global Guide
01 Aug 2014
The Hello Koalas sculpture trail featured in the latest BBC Travel Show’s ‘Global Guide’ of noteworthy cultural events happening around the world.

Hello Koalas Sculpture Project features in Tourism Australia’s “Australian Stories”
Tourism Australia's "Australian Stories"
24 Jul 2014


Hello Koalas in the Camden Haven
Camden Haven Courier
22 Jul 2014
The Trail is a new way for visitors to explore the region and see each of the koalas, which are hand painted and decorated by local and interstate artists. The koalas will be set up at various tourism attractions and popular recreational spots from the coast to the hinterland.

Port News’ very own koala ready for the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Port Macquarie News
21 Jul 2014

Work has started on the Port News’ very own koala for the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail being launched in September.


Cute and Creative but not so cuddly Bago Blossum
Coffs Coast Advocate
19 Jul 2014

It’s not everyday you can see 50 koalas in one place. Especially koalas that stand 1m tall. From September, Port Macquarie will become home to a bold new event, the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, featuring 1m tall koala sculptures oozing cuteness and creativity.


Hello Koalas and Wauchope Profiled on BBC
Wauchope Gazette
17 Jul 2014
This month Linda Hall, Hello Koalas project manager, received a surprise email from BBC UK TV. The producer had heard about the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail and wanted to include it on BBC TV’s popular Travel Show, a global travel program on BBC World News and BBC Two, which has an audience of 70m people.

Say hello to koalas in Port Macquarie
Destination NSW Insights
17 Jul 2014

Hello Koalas is a lead story with image in this newsletter focussed on tourism and event industry news.


Koala trail pays tribute to backers
Port Macquarie News
08 Jul 2014
A TRAIL of metre high koalas in highly visible locations across the Hastings, Camden Haven and hinterland will represent the amazing creativity of many local artists and showcase the community champions which have sponsored them.

Port Macquarie New South Wales Mid Coast Artist Bruce Whittaker with his painted Hello Koala
Spirit magazine
01 Jul 2014

The work of the Koala Hospital has been a key inspiration for a magical new arts and culture project for the region. The Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail is due to launch in September this year as the region’s primary cultural tourism event.


Wauchope businesses back Hello Koala Project
Wauchope Gazette
12 Jun 2014

The Wauchope Community has mobilised to ensure that Wauchope is included on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail


Port Macquarie Koala Trail excites Weekender TV crew
Port Macquarie News
06 Jun 2014
SYDNEY Weekender reporter Mel Symons was surrounded by koalas on Thursday as the television show filmed a segment on the Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail, to air on Prime7 in September.

A Life of Creativity
Port Macquarie News
06 Jun 2014
ARTISTIC extraordinaire Francessca O’Donnell has lived a life as vivid as the awe- inspiring pieces she breathes life to.

Hello Koalas
Focus
01 Jun 2014

Sponsored by Forestry Corporation of NSW, this sculpture design has been a true labour of love for Pauline Roods.


Metre-High Koalas to inhabit prominent sites as part of the Hello Koalas Project
Port Macquarie News
30 May 2014
September 2014 will see the proliferation of 50 or more metre-high koalas inhabiting prominent sites throughout the Local Government Area.


Koala Food Secured
Port Macquarie News
07 May 2014
THE final contracts are being prepared for the purchase of a 93 hectare parcel of fertile bushland at Maria River to provide food security for the Hastings’ koala population.

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Focus Magazine
01 May 2014

On 8 September 2014, local communities will wake to the enigmatic smiles and whimsical designs of the 50 large scale fibreglass koalas sculptures residing in various locations across the Port Macquarie region to form the Official Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.



Port Macquarie’s Hello Koalas drives tourism
The Daily Telegraph Southern Courier
30 Apr 2014

The Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and koalas remain Australia’s big tourist drawcards and Port Macquarie is claiming the title of home of the koala.


John Williamson backs koala trail
Port Macquarie News
02 Apr 2014

It would have seemed almost criminal not to have Port Macquarie Koala Hospital patron John Williamson involved in the Hello Koalas Public Sculpture Trail which becomes a reality in the Hastings this September.


Hello Koalas Inspires
Focus
20 Mar 2014
The Hello Koalas Sculpture Project has received over 150 artist design submissions.The challenging task now is selecting just 50 for the large scale one-metre high fibreglass koala sculptures that will form The Official Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail from September 2014.

Blue koala comes with a message
Port Macquarie News
03 Mar 2014

Artist and sculptor Kerry Smith-Taughkin has designed a “Dementia Koala” to take its place on the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail to be launched in September.


Hello Koala Trail has local input
Wauchope Gazette
27 Feb 2014

The Hello Koalas project, which is developing a “sculpture trail” of 50 artistically decorated koala sculptures through the Hastings region, is sending one of its “blank” koala figures to Wauchope for the Lasiandra Festival.




Hello Koalas Official Launch
Port Macquarie News
16 Dec 2013

A bright red metre high koala sculpture and its white glazed partner have been causing a stir around the town.


Hello Koalas is an exciting new local initiative
Focus Magazine
08 Dec 2013
Hello Koalas is an exciting new local initiative that will bring national and international attention to our very own official Koala Sculpture Trail

Mrs LESLIE WILLIAMS, MP for Port Macquarie informs the House of Representatives
08 Dec 2013

Mrs LESLIE WILLIAMS, MP for Port Macquarie informs the House of Representatives of a very exciting event that is gathering momentum in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area on 28 May 2013


Koalas set to break the mould
Port Macquarie News
02 Dec 2013

In September 2014 the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail will take tourists and residents on a journey across the Hastings, its hinterland and the Camden Haven.


Hello Koalas
Focus Magazine
01 Dec 2013

Port Macquarie Hastings Council is principal sponsor of the Hello Koalas project. Cr Mike Cusato believes the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail will be an important local attraction.


Call for Koala artists
Port Macquarie News
16 Oct 2013

A Kaleidoscope of colourful mosaics is artist and dance teacher Francesca O’Donnell’s vision for one of the 50 sculptures which will form the Hello Koalas Public Art Project.


The Trail Blazers
Focus Magazine
01 Sep 2013

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail welcomes its inaugural Community Champions!


Video: From Hull to Oz Warts and all
Yorkshire Post,
13 Jul 2013

It stopped people in their tracks before hopping off with a string of plaudits. But now a Hull project has spawned a successor – 10,000 miles down under.