Koala conservation key for the city

Did you know that in 2018, City of Gold Coast introduced Australia’s first $10.85 million Koala Conservation Plan?

As urban expansion continues, koalas face ever-increasing threats to their survival. These include: Destruction and degradation of habitat (by far the greatest current threat facing koala populations), barriers to movement such as fences, roads and cleared land, road fatalities, dog attacks, fires and disease.

The City supports some of the most important koala habitat and populations in South East Queensland. These populations occur over 32,000 hectares of habitat within City and State managed reserves.

With national koala populations under threat, our City made headlines last year with its commitment to the protection and preservation of our iconic mammals, presenting a range of actions designed to conserve the city’s unique biodiversity.

The 62 actions within the Koala Conservation Plan aim to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and feral animals, and generally support koala welfare, largely through the purchase of koala habitat.

Landholders of large rural blocks can enter into an agreement with the City to conserve natural areas on their land, including habitat for koalas. In return, landholders can receive financial support and technical assistance.

So while the Vulnerable Species Management Team implements the actions across the City, here are a few things that residents can do to help out:

Report all koala sightings (whether healthy, injured, sick or deceased) to City of Gold Coast on 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326), by submitting a koala sighting online or completing a koala sighting form. Please also report sick or injured koalas directly to Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444.

Be a responsible pet owner. Please ensure that pets are contained on your property, and are kept under control when walking in public. Most dog attacks on koalas occur between dusk and dawn when koalas are most active.

Drive carefully. Please take extra care when driving on roads, particularly at night. Take note of road signs indicating areas where koalas are present or regularly cross. By being aware of potential koala habitat areas and taking heed of road signs, wildlife road kill and injury can be reduced.

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