Did you know it is an offence to allow your dog off leash in any public area other than a designated off-leash area? There are about 120 dog off-leash areas within the city where people can take their canine friends to run and play. A number of these, including Discovery Park (Helensvale), Schusters Park (Tallebudgera) and Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve (Elanora) are known to form part of the home range for the local koala populations.
Dogs are capable of causing serious injury and death to koalas. Signs of a bite may not be visible on a koala, however they may have significant internal injuries or develop a life-threatening infection. If there is a possibility your dog has injured a koala take the following steps:
do not touch the koala
contain the koala, if possible, by placing a bin or box over it and sitting a weight on top
immediately call Wildcare Australia on (07) 5527 2444 (24 hours).
The Environment Planning team, together with the City’s Animal Management Unit and the Parks and Recreational Services Branch, are working to create positive outcomes for koalas while also ensuring the needs of the community are met.
Please report wild or roaming dogs to the City's Animal Management Unit on 07 5581 6664.