Summary of the year 2017

14 February, 2018

Welcome to the 155 new Koala Friends that joined in 2017, we now have 571 members. Feel free to encourage friends, family and other koala supporters to join our Koala Friends program.

With the help of our new Koala Friends, the dedication of our existing members and the wider community, we received 784 Gold Coast koala sighting reports. Koalas were reported across 39 suburbs, with the top 3 sightings in Elanora, Clagiraba and Tallebudgera.

With the support of dedicated conservation groups, local schools, scout groups, Koala Friends and other volunteers, 16,308 koala food and habitat trees were planted. These plantings have helped improve koala habitat throughout Schusters Park, Eddie Kornhauser Reserve, Colman Reserve and Burleigh Ridge. We would like to thank the City’s Natural Areas Management Unit (NAMU) for supporting koala conservation through their NaturallyGCProgram and the on ground management and maintenance of the tree plantings.

Our koala conservation achievements for 2017 also include:

  • The Planting of 1000 trees in the Wildcare Australia Inc. Fodder Plantation which will provide food for koalas in care.

  • $45,000 dedicated to assist with Chlamydia vaccine research.

  • The trial of using variable koala road signs along koala ‘hot spot’ roads during the breeding season.

  • The city wide Koala Conservation Plan being endorsed by council.

  • Completion of the East Coomera Koala Population Study 2017.

The City continues to work on protecting the Gold Coast koalas, and while we face challenges we remain optimistic and committed. With community involvement in activities such as reporting koala sightings, becoming a KoalaFriend, attending koala community events, planting koala food trees and simply spreading the word, our conservation efforts are strengthened.

Thank you for all your support throughout the year and your ongoing koala conservation efforts.

The Koala Conservation Team

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