The Koala Conservation Plan for Burleigh Ridge provides for the ongoing survival of the Burleigh koala population.
The Burleigh area supports a small but long established koala population that is particularly vulnerable to threats posed by habitat fragmentation, isolation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic dogs, disease and bushfire
As part of the plan the City will undertake strip transect and Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) surveys every two years to monitor koala populations. We completed follow up surveys in November 2015.
While the results of the most recent surveys are still being analysed, five healthy koalas were directly observed, including a mother and her joey, along with lots of indirect koala observations (pellets and tree scratch marks).
This is a timely reminder that koalas still inhabit the Burleigh area and it is important to be vigilant and take actions to protect koalas. These actions include:
driving safely around koala habitat and heeding koala road signs
being a responsible pet owner
reporting koala sightings either online (www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas) or by phone (1300 GOLD COAST)
The below koala photos were taken by Jennifer O'Toole while walking through the Tallebudgera Creek Conservation Park, Burleigh Heads in October 2015.