Have your say on new conservation plan to help keep koalas safe

31 January 2017

Gold Coast residents are invited to have their say on ways to manage our local koala population to help guide the development of the new Citywide Koala Conservation Plan.

Mayor Tom Tate said a citywide survey on the plan, endorsed by full Council today, gave the public an opportunity to help give koalas a sustainable future.

“We recognise the importance of the iconic and vulnerable koala and we’ll be seeking endorsement for our new citywide plan later this year,” he said.

“This new plan will build on our endorsed Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plans, and identify specific threats and appropriate conservation actions relevant to all areas of the city.

“The existing plans include actions to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and pest animals, support koala health and welfare, and educate the community. 

“The new plan will take this work citywide and investigate options to decrease injuries and fatalities caused by domestic and pest animals.

“Now, we would like your feedback on the koala’s major threats, what conservation actions you consider are most important and how you’d like to be involved in the future.”

Last year, koala admissions to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital were higher than average, making the plan timely.

The City is engaging with experts at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Wildcare Australia in development of the new plan.

“The new plan will support the preservation of the city’s natural environment to ensure we live in balance with nature,” said Cr Tate.

To have your say on the koala survey, visit  

Everyone who submits a survey has a chance to go into the draw to win tickets to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Consultation closes 21 February.

For information on the City’s koala conservation plans visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koala 

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