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Koala Conservation

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.

If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the entire Gold Coast with the newly developed and endorsed Koala Conservation Plan for the City. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

The City of Gold Coast is committed to ensuring the long-term survival of koalas and has implemented koala conservation projects across the region.

Community involvement is essential in the fight to save our koalas. You can get involved by:

If you see a koala that needs rescuing, call the WILDCARE 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

What to look out for to know if a koala needs rescuing:

  • being stuck on a fence in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road
  • observed sitting or sleeping on the ground for an extended period
  • sitting in the same tree for more than 48 hours
  • physical signs of injury, for example, limping, inability to climb, blood patches on fur, etc.
  • any visibly missing fur
  • a 'wet' or 'dirty' reddish stained rump
  • conjunctivitis (red, swollen, weepy) eyes.

If you are unsure if a koala requires rescue, please call WILDCARE. Advice can be provided over the phone and a record of the koala's location made for further observation or rescue.

The City is working hard to conserve koalas across the entire Gold Coast with the newly developed and endorsed Koala Conservation Plan for the City. This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

  • Trial of New Koala Road Signs

    about 1 month ago
    Variable koala road sign

    Koala vehicle strikes are common and a major contributor to the injury and death of koalas in the city. Koala vehicle strikes occur in both urban and rural areas. Unfortunately, records indicate the majority of koalas hit by vehicles die as a result of their injuries.

    The City’s koala sightings database in conjunction with Wildcare Australia Inc. and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital records, indicate most koala vehicle strikes occur between June and January each year, peaking in August which coincides with the start of the breeding season.

    During last year’s breeding season, the Vulnerable Species Management team...

    Koala vehicle strikes are common and a major contributor to the injury and death of koalas in the city. Koala vehicle strikes occur in both urban and rural areas. Unfortunately, records indicate the majority of koalas hit by vehicles die as a result of their injuries.

    The City’s koala sightings database in conjunction with Wildcare Australia Inc. and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital records, indicate most koala vehicle strikes occur between June and January each year, peaking in August which coincides with the start of the breeding season.

    During last year’s breeding season, the Vulnerable Species Management team together with the Transport and Traffic team, trialled the use of variable koala signs along roads identified as hot spot areas for koalas. This method of warning drivers to slow down has been well received and the team is currently working with Transport and Traffic to use these variable koala signs during this year’s breeding season.

    Remember, if you see a koala please report it via the online koala sighting report form. This information will attribute to the ecological data that shapes the conservation measures we put in place across the City.


  • NaturallyGC Program – Become a member!

    about 1 month ago
    Credit   kayak the gold coast

    If you are interested in connecting with and exploring the Gold Coast’s wonderful natural environment, become a NaturallyGC member and subscribe today here.

    Keep up to date with the latest NaturallyGC nature based workshops, activities and events from across the Gold Coast so you're always in the know.

    As a NaturallyGC subscriber, you will receive information on over 400 free or low cost activities provided by the City. With such an enviable natural environment right on our doorstep, the Naturally GC program offers countless activities that locals and visitors can enjoy including guided...

    If you are interested in connecting with and exploring the Gold Coast’s wonderful natural environment, become a NaturallyGC member and subscribe today here.

    Keep up to date with the latest NaturallyGC nature based workshops, activities and events from across the Gold Coast so you're always in the know.

    As a NaturallyGC subscriber, you will receive information on over 400 free or low cost activities provided by the City. With such an enviable natural environment right on our doorstep, the Naturally GC program offers countless activities that locals and visitors can enjoy including guided bushwalks, nature photography, tree planting, wildlife shows, outdoor play for kids, trail running, bird watching, native gardening, plant propagation, l and more.

    Download a copy of the NaturallyGC brochure and subscribe now by clicking here.




  • Tallebudgera Koala Habitat Restoration Project

    2 months ago
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    The City has been awarded an Australian Government 20 Million Trees Program grant to further enhance and expand koala habitat at Schuster Park, Tallebudgera.

    The 20 Million Trees Program aims to plant 20 million trees throughout Australia by 2020, to re-establish green corridors and urban forests.

    The project will commence early in 2018 and aims to increase, restore and connect koala habitat at the park through the planting of 20,000 koala food and habitat trees, and assist in restoration to control threats from invasive weeds.

    There will be opportunities for the...

    The City has been awarded an Australian Government 20 Million Trees Program grant to further enhance and expand koala habitat at Schuster Park, Tallebudgera.

    The 20 Million Trees Program aims to plant 20 million trees throughout Australia by 2020, to re-establish green corridors and urban forests.

    The project will commence early in 2018 and aims to increase, restore and connect koala habitat at the park through the planting of 20,000 koala food and habitat trees, and assist in restoration to control threats from invasive weeds.

    There will be opportunities for the community to get involved with tree planting through the NaturallyGC program. Keep an eye out for upcoming tree planting days.

    If you are not already a member, join the Koala Friends Program to keep updated on city wide koala conservation initiatives and get tips on how you can make koala protection part of your day.
  • Summary of the year 2017

    3 months ago
    Anonymous   elanora 25 9 17

    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...

    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


  • Koala Conservation Conversations – Division 12, 13 & 14

    5 months ago
    Karen presentation

    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 ...

    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.


  • Koala mums and joeys

    5 months ago
    Anonymous   burleigh heads 12 9 17

    As we head quickly towards the end of the year and the busy festive season we thought it might be nice to slow down and take a look at some of the cute joey images sent in by koala sightings reporters from the community using our online report a koala sighting form.

    Anonymous - Burleigh Heads 12-9-1

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 27-10-17

    P Beckler - Helensvale 15-9-17

    Anonymous - Bonogin 12-5-17

    Anonymous - Arundel 29-11-2016

    Anonymous-Tallebudgera 25-2-17

    Robyn Rosenstrauss 18-1-17


    Koala sightings reported to council help us concentrate our...

    As we head quickly towards the end of the year and the busy festive season we thought it might be nice to slow down and take a look at some of the cute joey images sent in by koala sightings reporters from the community using our online report a koala sighting form.

    Anonymous - Burleigh Heads 12-9-1

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 20-10-17

    Anonymous - Elanora 27-10-17

    P Beckler - Helensvale 15-9-17

    Anonymous - Bonogin 12-5-17

    Anonymous - Arundel 29-11-2016

    Anonymous-Tallebudgera 25-2-17

    Robyn Rosenstrauss 18-1-17


    Koala sightings reported to council help us concentrate our conservation efforts in the right areas. Please help spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, every koala sighting is important. You can report your koala sightings here.


  • Koala Friends Program - Environmental Volunteer Award Recipient - Roger Peterson

    5 months ago
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    Koala Friends Environmental Volunteer Award recipient Roget Peterson with Councillor Young and Vulnerable Species Management Team (Koala Team) supervisor Tina Strachan.


    On Saturday 25th November the City of Gold Coast (City) held our annual Environmental Volunteer Awards recognising the achievements of volunteers involved in City supported environmental programs. The event acknowledged the important role volunteers play in helping to manage and restore the Gold Coast’s natural assets.

    We would like to congratulate Roger Peterson for being nominated to receive the award for the Koala Friends Program.

    Roger is one of our most active Koala Friends members and...

    Koala Friends Environmental Volunteer Award recipient Roget Peterson with Councillor Young and Vulnerable Species Management Team (Koala Team) supervisor Tina Strachan.


    On Saturday 25th November the City of Gold Coast (City) held our annual Environmental Volunteer Awards recognising the achievements of volunteers involved in City supported environmental programs. The event acknowledged the important role volunteers play in helping to manage and restore the Gold Coast’s natural assets.

    We would like to congratulate Roger Peterson for being nominated to receive the award for the Koala Friends Program.

    Roger is one of our most active Koala Friends members and is continually involved in koala conservation and on ground actions. As a Koala Friend, Roger has attended numerous koala tree plantings in his local area, including the important Wildcare Australia koala fodder plantation at Eddie Kornhauser Recreational Reserve.

    Roger is passionate about koala conservation and continually liaises with both the Koala Team and local Councillors to achieve good koala conservation outcomes for the local Elanora koalas, including identifying suitable areas for future restoration and planting, installation of koala awareness signage and input into koala-dog management.

    Roger is heavily invested the Koala Friends Program and ensuring positive outcomes for koalas in the southern Gold Coast. The Koala Team are grateful for his support

  • Koala health: it’s koala breeding season and koalas are on the move!

    7 months ago
    Photo courtesy c witkiss   14 8 17   koala in back yard

    We are right in the middle of koala breeding season at the moment and koalas are on the move!

    As young disperse from their mothers and males go in search of mates we see koalas entering people’s back yards, crossing roads and getting caught in dangerous situations. Unfortunately during this time of year we see a big spike in the number of koalas requiring rescue or being admitted to the wildlife hospital.

    If you see a koala in the following situation, call Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444 and they may need to come and rescue...

    We are right in the middle of koala breeding season at the moment and koalas are on the move!

    As young disperse from their mothers and males go in search of mates we see koalas entering people’s back yards, crossing roads and getting caught in dangerous situations. Unfortunately during this time of year we see a big spike in the number of koalas requiring rescue or being admitted to the wildlife hospital.

    If you see a koala in the following situation, call Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444 and they may need to come and rescue the animal:

    • The koala is trapped in a backyard where the resident or neighbours have dogs

    • The koala is in a position close to roads where they may be struck by a vehicle

    • The koala is sitting low down in the same tree for numerous days without moving or is sleeping or spending time motionless on the ground

    • The koala has conjunctivitis in one or both eyes, this is a symptom of Chlamydial infection

    • The koala has a wet or rusty coloured rump, this is a symptom of Chlamydial infection

    • The koala has brown matted or patchy fur, blood patches, missing fur and/or bite wounds


    If you would like to know more about what the city is doing for koala conservation, why not head online and download the new KoalaConservation Plan for the city.

    All images were provided by the community while reporting their koala sightings through our online form at www.gchaveyoursay.com.au/koalas

    To end on a positive note, if you see a koala looking as cute as this one, let it be a reminder of how lucky we are to share the Gold Coast with such an amazing animal and how we all need to work together to protect them!


  • Gold Coast Koala Disease Map

    7 months ago
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    Chlamydia is a serious threat to koalas on the Gold Coast with a mortality rate of 69 per cent for koalas admitted to hospital for the disease.

    The map shows the percentage of koalas admitted with disease (chlamydial and other diseases such as immune-mediated disease) to either a wildlife hospital or reported by Wildcare Australia Inc. for each Gold Coast suburb between 2010-2016.

    Coomera in the north, Clagiraba in the west and Tallebudgera, Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south have the highest percentage of koalas admitted for disease.

    For more than a decade, the City has assisted the University...


    Chlamydia is a serious threat to koalas on the Gold Coast with a mortality rate of 69 per cent for koalas admitted to hospital for the disease.

    The map shows the percentage of koalas admitted with disease (chlamydial and other diseases such as immune-mediated disease) to either a wildlife hospital or reported by Wildcare Australia Inc. for each Gold Coast suburb between 2010-2016.

    Coomera in the north, Clagiraba in the west and Tallebudgera, Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south have the highest percentage of koalas admitted for disease.

    For more than a decade, the City has assisted the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Sunshine Coast University to research chlamydial disease and were pivotal in assisting the development of a Chlamydia vaccine.

    Effective management of Chlamydia within Gold Coast koala populations relies on developing and maintaining partnerships with universities and other research organisations, veterinary care and rescue organisations, as well as delivering community education and awareness. The City proposes to achieve this through:

    • increasing community awareness of Chlamydia through development of a community engagement strategy

    • partnering with universities and research organisations to support current and future Chlamydia research opportunities

    • providing ongoing support and advice to organisations involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of koalas

    • supporting and assisting the delivery of the Chlamydia vaccine to Gold Coast koala populations.



  • Wildcare Australia Inc: Gold Coast Koalas - An introduction to rescue, care and rehabilitation

    7 months ago
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    Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

    To celebrate the release of the citywide Koala Conservation Plan, council is supporting Wildcare Australia Inc. in holding an Educational Workshop during December which will help residents gain a better understanding of how to assist local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

    Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

    • What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

    • Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

    • How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when...

    Are you interested in learning more about koalas?

    To celebrate the release of the citywide Koala Conservation Plan, council is supporting Wildcare Australia Inc. in holding an Educational Workshop during December which will help residents gain a better understanding of how to assist local koala populations and what is involved with their rescue, care and rehabilitation.

    Hear from an experienced koala rescuer and carer about topics such as:

    • What is involved with being a koala rescuer and carer;

    • Ways to reduce the risk to koalas in our suburbs;

    • How to identify a sick koala and learn how and when to report them;

    • What to do if you find a sick, injured or orphaned koala; and

    • Examples of methods that wildlife volunteers use to rescue sick and injured koalas.

    Followed by a presentation from a leading wildlife veterinarian, who will cover topics such as:

    • Reasons for admission to the wildlife hospital;

    • Veterinary triage and assessment of sick and injured koalas;

    • Common injuries and diseases and how they are treated;

    • Rehabilitation of koalas.

    Final location details will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your booking.

    Suitable only for children 12 years and over. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Cost: This is a free experience funded by the City’s Koala Friends Program.

    To register: please email enquiries@wildcare.org.au

    Location: Helensvale

    Date: Saturday 2nd December, 9:30am – 12:00