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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.

  • Land For Wildlife

    4 months ago
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    A large portion of koala habitat is found on private property, the Land For Wildlife program may help land owners improve habitat for koalas and other wildlife.

    Land for Wildlife is a free scheme available to landholders with one or more hectares of bushland who are committed to protecting and restoring their property's native habitat. The area of bushland can be intact or disturbed and landholders can even designate a cleared area to restore to be eligible in the scheme.

    When you join Land for Wildlife, you will receive:

    • ongoing access to officers who can provide:
      - expert knowledge on... Continue reading

    A large portion of koala habitat is found on private property, the Land For Wildlife program may help land owners improve habitat for koalas and other wildlife.

    Land for Wildlife is a free scheme available to landholders with one or more hectares of bushland who are committed to protecting and restoring their property's native habitat. The area of bushland can be intact or disturbed and landholders can even designate a cleared area to restore to be eligible in the scheme.

    When you join Land for Wildlife, you will receive:

    • ongoing access to officers who can provide:
      - expert knowledge on plant and animal identification
      - advice on weed control and habitat restoration
      - property visits on request.

    • a property specific management plan that:
      - includes relevant property maps
      - identifies your property’s habitat values and threats e.g. weeds
      - provides guidance on how to control weeds and restore native bushland.

    • invitations to free workshops (for example, bushland restoration, native plant identification and nestbox building)

    • a toolkit and herbicides to kick start your restoration project

    • free native plants for bushland restoration projects

    • publications including Mangroves to Mountains, the quarterly Land for Wildlife newsletter and technical notes

    • opportunities to network with 450 fellow Gold Coast Land for Wildlife members to share your experiences and learnings with.

    To find out more about Land for Wildlife, click here.


  • Parkwood-Coombabah Koala Population Study

    5 months ago
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    In 2006 the City of Gold Coast contracted ecological consultancy Biolink to undertake a koala habitat and population assessment across the Gold Coast local government area, including a detailed study of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. The study estimated the koala population for the Coombabah-Hollywell area at the time, was around 159 animals.

    Information gathered through council officers, community reported koala sightings and koala admissions to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital indicate koalas continue to inhabit the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and surrounding suburbs, including Helensvale, Parkwood, Arundel and Molendinar. These suburban areas are of interest as they provide links to the... Continue reading

    In 2006 the City of Gold Coast contracted ecological consultancy Biolink to undertake a koala habitat and population assessment across the Gold Coast local government area, including a detailed study of the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. The study estimated the koala population for the Coombabah-Hollywell area at the time, was around 159 animals.

    Information gathered through council officers, community reported koala sightings and koala admissions to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital indicate koalas continue to inhabit the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area and surrounding suburbs, including Helensvale, Parkwood, Arundel and Molendinar. These suburban areas are of interest as they provide links to the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area through nearby habitat patches, allowing the dispersal of young koalas from the important Coombabah conservation estate and vice versa.

    As part of the City’s commitment to continue monitoring Gold Coast koala populations and to reassess the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area, the City’s Vulnerable Species Management Team initiated the Parkwood-Coombabah Koala Population Study, which commenced in mid-May 2017. The study involves undertaking an independent and comprehensive assessment of the koala population in and around the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. Surveys are undertaken on private, state and local government properties.

    Ecological consultants from Biolink have commenced data collection through koala survey methods such as Spot Assessment Technique (SAT) and strip transects. The SAT is a tree sampling methodology where the researcher concludes the presence/absence of koala faecal pellets around the base of trees to derive a measure of koala activity (low, medium, high) within the survey site. Strip transects involve experienced observers walking along a narrow plot and recording the number of koalas sighted within the transect boundaries to determine the abundance of koalas.

    The information derived from the study, including how large the population is, what habitat they are using and how they’re moving through the area, will better inform the Vulnerable Species Management Team of the current status of the local koala population to assist with long-term koala management.

  • Wanted: Wildlife Carers

    6 months ago
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    Wildcare Australia Inc. is a not-for profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the aim of returning them to the wild. With increasing pressure on wildlife in South-east Queensland from habitat fragmentation, isolation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic and disease, the number of rescues continues to increase and Wildcare Australia Inc. needs your help!

    Have you ever wanted to play an important role to help save Australian native wildlife? Then become a wildlife volunteer! No experience necessary as Wildcare Australia Inc. provides training workshops where you will... Continue reading

    Wildcare Australia Inc. is a not-for profit organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the aim of returning them to the wild. With increasing pressure on wildlife in South-east Queensland from habitat fragmentation, isolation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic and disease, the number of rescues continues to increase and Wildcare Australia Inc. needs your help!

    Have you ever wanted to play an important role to help save Australian native wildlife? Then become a wildlife volunteer! No experience necessary as Wildcare Australia Inc. provides training workshops where you will learn how to nurse sick and/or injured wildlife back to health.

    If you are unable to house wildlife at your home your help is still needed for the important role of transporting wildlife and receiving calls through the wildlife hotline number. Be the first responder to a wildlife rescue or have the rewarding task of releasing an animal back into its natural environment.

    To find out more about how you can help Wildcare Australia Inc. and how to become a member/volunteer, click here.

    Click here for the current Wildcare Australia Inc. training workshop calendar.

    Remember, if you find sick or injured wildlife please call the Wildcare Australia Inc. hotline on 07 5527 2444.


  • World Environment Day koala tree planting event – Tallebudgera

    7 months ago
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    World Environment Day held annually on 5 June, is a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues worldwide, seeking to mitigate these matters through community engagement. The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ aims to inspire us to get outdoors and in touch with nature to experience its beauty and importance, and encourage positive environmental action.

    The City of Gold Coast Vulnerable Species Team in collaboration with the Natural Areas Management Unit would like to invite you to the World Environment Day koala tree planting event, Tallebudgera.

    Date: Saturday June 3, 2017

    Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

    Location: Tallebudgera (park... Continue reading

    World Environment Day held annually on 5 June, is a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues worldwide, seeking to mitigate these matters through community engagement. The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ aims to inspire us to get outdoors and in touch with nature to experience its beauty and importance, and encourage positive environmental action.

    The City of Gold Coast Vulnerable Species Team in collaboration with the Natural Areas Management Unit would like to invite you to the World Environment Day koala tree planting event, Tallebudgera.

    Date: Saturday June 3, 2017

    Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

    Location: Tallebudgera (park name and location advised at time of booking)

    What to bring: Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.

    Ages: all ages, family friendly event

    Attendance space is limited, please call or email to book before Thursday 1st June

    E: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    P: 07 56 675 972
  • Wildcare Australia Inc.: When does a koala need to be rescued?

    7 months ago
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    Unfortunately koalas living in urban areas are more vulnerable to threats posed by habitat fragmentation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic dogs, disease and bushfire.

    If you see a koala, look out for any signs of injury or disease. If you find the koala is showing signs of illness or injury, it is important to promptly call Wildcare Australia Inc. (07 5527 2444) and report the koala. It is vital that a sick or injured koala receives expert veterinary treatment as soon as possible to better its prognosis and its chance of being released back into the wild.

    A... Continue reading

    Unfortunately koalas living in urban areas are more vulnerable to threats posed by habitat fragmentation and degradation, vehicle strike, attack by domestic dogs, disease and bushfire.

    If you see a koala, look out for any signs of injury or disease. If you find the koala is showing signs of illness or injury, it is important to promptly call Wildcare Australia Inc. (07 5527 2444) and report the koala. It is vital that a sick or injured koala receives expert veterinary treatment as soon as possible to better its prognosis and its chance of being released back into the wild.

    A koala may need rescuing if:

    • it’s in a hazardous situation, for example, beside a busy road or stuck in a backyard
    • sitting or sleeping on the ground
    • 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 see a koala that needs rescuing, call the Wildcare Australia Inc. 24 hour hotline on 07 5527 2444.

    Wildcare Australia Inc. is a not-for profit organisation dedicated to rescue and care for sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the intention of returning them to the wild. Click here to see how you can get involved and help this incredible organisation.

    Images of koalas showing signs of illness

  • Over 5000 native trees to be planted through Schusters Park!

    7 months ago
    Photo taken by saraya robinson   schusters park

    World Environment Day held annually on 5 June, is a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues worldwide, and seeks to mitigate these matters through community engagement. The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ aims to inspire us to get outdoors and in touch with nature, to experience its beauty and importance, and encourage positive environmental action.

    The City of Gold Coast’s (City’s) Vulnerable Species Management Team in collaboration with the Natural Areas Management Unit will be holding numerous tree planting events to celebrate World Environment Day. With the help of local school groups and community members, together we... Continue reading

    World Environment Day held annually on 5 June, is a global platform to raise awareness on environmental issues worldwide, and seeks to mitigate these matters through community engagement. The 2017 theme ‘Connecting People to Nature’ aims to inspire us to get outdoors and in touch with nature, to experience its beauty and importance, and encourage positive environmental action.

    The City of Gold Coast’s (City’s) Vulnerable Species Management Team in collaboration with the Natural Areas Management Unit will be holding numerous tree planting events to celebrate World Environment Day. With the help of local school groups and community members, together we will be planting over 5000 native trees and plants, including preferred koala food and shelter trees, through Schusters Park, Tallebudgera.

    Koala tree planting activities occurring within Schusters Park include:

    • Approximately 3500 trees planted by 180 students from Kings Christian College.
    • One thousand trees planted for Youth Week as part of their program.
    • One thousand trees planted as part of World Environment Day.
    • An additional 60 mature Eucalypt trees planted by the City to line the footpaths, assisting with shade and koala movement through the park.
    Thanks to members of the community and our Koala Friends program, Schusters Park has already experienced some amazing koala habitat transformations from previous tree planting days so we are excited to see what the future holds for the park and the incredible wildlife that lives amongst it.

    If you are interested in getting involved in future koala tree plantings contact the City on 07 5667 5972 or email namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au #NaturallyGC


  • Burleigh Heads Tree Planting Day – 6 May 2017

    8 months ago
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    Burleigh Heads is home to 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.

    Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

    We would like to invite you to help protect the koalas in Burleigh Heads by participating in our Koala Tree Planting Day.

    Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
    Time: 9-10:30am
    Location: Burleigh Heads (park name and location given upon booking)
    What to... Continue reading

    Burleigh Heads is home to 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.

    Koalas on the Gold Coast benefit from the presence of preferred tree species to provide a reliable food source, shelter and increased connectivity between habitat patches.

    We would like to invite you to help protect the koalas in Burleigh Heads by participating in our Koala Tree Planting Day.

    Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
    Time: 9-10:30am
    Location: Burleigh Heads (park name and location given upon booking)
    What to bring: Please wear enclosed shoes, gloves, a hat, sunscreen and bring drinking water.
    Ages: all ages, family friendly event

    Attendance space is limited, please call or email to book before Thursday 4 May 2017.

    E: namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
    P: 07 5581 1537

    This great photo of a healthy male koala is courtesy of Jo Grigg.
  • Big thanks for a great tree planting day

    10 months ago
    The tree planting gang

    Thank you to all our koala friends who braved the hot weather to come and create koala habitat at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on the weekend.

    The huge group of nearly 70 people planted a combination of 760 preferred koala food trees, shelter trees, and other plants in just over an hour. These planting will grow into important habitat for koalas in the years to come.

    ‘Koala Friend’ Katrina, a local who knows Schusters Park very well, took a few people at the end of the planting for a walk to spot koalas. On the journey, we were lucky enough to... Continue reading

    Thank you to all our koala friends who braved the hot weather to come and create koala habitat at Schusters Park, Tallebudgera on the weekend.

    The huge group of nearly 70 people planted a combination of 760 preferred koala food trees, shelter trees, and other plants in just over an hour. These planting will grow into important habitat for koalas in the years to come.

    ‘Koala Friend’ Katrina, a local who knows Schusters Park very well, took a few people at the end of the planting for a walk to spot koalas. On the journey, we were lucky enough to spot five koalas, all trying their best to keep nice and cool! Seeing so many koalas in the park was a great reminder of how important it is to keep planting trees and creating habitat.

    Don’t forget, the City is developing a new City-wide Koala Conservation Plan and this is your opportunity to let us know your thoughts on koala conservation. We would like your feedback on the koala’s major threats, what conservation actions you consider are most important and how you would like to be involved in the future. Please take the time to do the survey by clicking here.

    Thanks to Mandie Lee (Koala Crusader) for capturing some great images of everyone hard at work.

    The tree planting gang (Feb 2017). Notice the line of greenery just behind the group. These trees were planted in September 2015 and have grown so quickly. Hopefully it won’t be long and we’ll see koalas taking advantage of the trees.

    A mix of koala food and habitat trees just planted.

    Tree being placed in the ground.

    Volunteers planting trees.
  • Have your say on City’s new plan to help keep koalas safe

    10 months ago
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    You are invited to have your say on ways to manage our local koala population to help guide the development of our new Citywide Koala Conservation Plan.

    This new plan will build on our endorsed Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plans, and identify specific threats and appropriate conservation actions relevant to all areas of the city.

    The existing plans include actions to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and pest animals, support koala health and welfare, and educate the community.

    The new plan will take this work citywide and investigate options to... Continue reading

    You are invited to have your say on ways to manage our local koala population to help guide the development of our new Citywide Koala Conservation Plan.

    This new plan will build on our endorsed Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge Koala Conservation Plans, and identify specific threats and appropriate conservation actions relevant to all areas of the city.

    The existing plans include actions to conserve and restore habitat, manage threats from traffic, bushfire, dogs and pest animals, support koala health and welfare, and educate the community.

    The new plan will take this work citywide and investigate options to decrease injuries and fatalities caused by domestic and pest animals.

    We would like your feedback on the koala’s major threats, what conservation actions you consider are most important and how you’d like to be involved in the future.

    Complete the survey here. Consultation closes 21 February.

    For information on the City’s koala conservation plans visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koala


  • Gold Coast koala mums seen carrying precious joey cargo

    about 1 year ago
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    We are well into the koala breeding season at the moment and koala mums carrying their precious joeys are being reported through our online form and koala phone message bank.

    Cute koala joeys have had their photos snapped and details reported from Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south all the way to Oxenford and Pimpama in the North.

    Koala joeys emerge from their mothers pouch at around six months of age. This is when they can be seen tightly hugging or piggy backing mum. This is also when they are weaned off milk and begin a diet of Eucalypt... Continue reading

    We are well into the koala breeding season at the moment and koala mums carrying their precious joeys are being reported through our online form and koala phone message bank.

    Cute koala joeys have had their photos snapped and details reported from Elanora and Currumbin Waters in the south all the way to Oxenford and Pimpama in the North.

    Koala joeys emerge from their mothers pouch at around six months of age. This is when they can be seen tightly hugging or piggy backing mum. This is also when they are weaned off milk and begin a diet of Eucalypt leaves. The joey will continue to stay with mum till around 12 months old when they will move on and find their own territory.

    Have you seen a koala joey and have a photo you would like to share?
    Let us know, head to our report a koala sighting form.