Koala-dog awareness signage
Did you know that koalas can be found in many of the city’s parks and reserves, some of which are also used by the community to walk and exercise their dogs?
Recently the Vulnerable Species Management Team were undertaking koala surveys in Park, Tallebudgera, when a koala was seen in the off-leash dog area coming to the ground crossing between trees. Unfortunately the koala was also seen by a dog that was off-leash. The owner of the dog was asked to put her pet on-leash to prevent the koala from being bitten, but did not have a leash with her. The dog quickly approached and bit the koala.
The koala, named Victa, was rescued by Wildcare Australia Inc. and taken to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, were treated and he was quickly released back into the wild.
In response to this incident, koala-dog awareness signs have been developed to alert dog owners that koalas live in our parks and reserves and park users need to ensure they help keep koalas safe and be responsible pet owners.
Dogs on-leash, dogs prohibited and dogs off-leash signs have been designed to align with the different park zones and will help park users and pet owners understand actions they can take to help keep koalas safe, while still enjoying what the park has to offer. The portable signs can be moved by Council Officers to new locations within the park in response to community requests, reported incidents or to reduce signage habituation.
The signs are currently installed in key locations at Schuster Park -Tallebudgera; Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve - Elanora; Galapagos Park - Pacific Pines. There are plans to rotate the signs in different parks across the city throughout the year.
To find out where you can exercise your pet dog head to the link below:
If you think your dog may have encountered a koala please immediately call Wildcare Australia on 07 55272444.
Image 1: Victa the koala after getting chased up a tree.
Image 2: Dog on-leash sign
Image 3: Koala-dog awareness sign