Planting to provide for at-risk koalas

19 April 2016
 
A new tree plantation in Tallebudgera will provide food for sick, injured and orphaned koalas.
 

Mayor Tom Tate today joined City of Gold Coast officers, volunteers from Wildcare Australia, Tallebudgera State School and the Koala Friends to plant seedlings for 300 eucalypts and 100 flowering Melaleuca and Grevillea species in the Eddie Kornhauser Recreation Area.

“This plantation will serve as an important food resource for sick, injured and orphaned koalas which are cared for by Wildcare Australia volunteers,” he said.

Field surveys indicate the koala population in Elanora and Currumbin Waters is widespread, with between 200 and 400 animals residing in the area.

“Our Koala Conservation Plan for Elanora-Currumbin Waters aims to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the local koala population through education and conservation efforts,” said Cr Tate. “It’s plantings like this one today that are vital in meeting these aims.” 

Cr Tate encouraged residents to report koala sightings by signing up to the City’s Koala Friends Program at gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas or by phoning 1300 GOLDCOAST. 

“From this data, the City is able to identify current and potential black spots on our roads, monitor population trends, target community education and inform bushfire planning,” he said. 

“The koala reporting line and website includes details for Wildcare Australia, who will assist if a koala is in need of rescue.”

President of Wildcare Australia, Karen Scott, said the plantation would be of tremendous benefit to its volunteer wildlife carers, who care for koalas, possums, gliders and birds.

“The provision of native vegetation for animals in care is essential for their health and well-being and it is becoming increasingly difficult for volunteers to access this resource,” she said.

“Our volunteers appreciate the hard work the City has put into the establishment of the plantation and their ongoing support of wildlife carers.” 

If you see an animal that is injured or needs rescuing, call Wildcare Australia on 5527 2444.

For information on the City’s koala conversation efforts visit www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koala

 

 

 

 

Planting to provide for at-risk koalas photo