Koala Conservation Conversations – Division 12, 13 & 14

15 December, 2017

Councillors Pauline Young, Daphne McDonald and Gail O’Niell and the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team invited the community to attend an information session focussed on koala conservation within Divisions 12, 13 and 14.

Special guests on the night included Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Senior Veterinarian Dr Michael Pyne and President of Wildcare Australia Inc. Karen Scott (pictured above), who discussed health issues concerning koalas on the southern Gold Coast. The event covered topics including koalas with Chlamydial infection and what to do if your dog has an encounter with a koala.

Tina Strachan from the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team gave an update on the new Koala Conservation Plan for the City and Alicia Powell from the same team delivered a presentation on koala population monitoring in the Burleigh, Elanora, Currumbin Waters and Tallebudgera areas. The group also enjoyed hearing Kylie Brookes, from the Animal Management Unit, discussing the City’s koala conservation initiatives in relation to pest and domestic animal management.

It was an informal evening but a good opportunity to discuss issues surrounding koala conservation in these southern Gold Coast suburbs. Thank you to all the community members who attended the night, it was great to see such passionate people take time out of their busy schedules.

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