GC to move on endangered koalas

SAVE the koala campaigners just north of the state border on the southern Gold Coast have been told a plan is being prepared to rescue the animals from looming extinction.

Gold Coast City Council has announced it is putting in place a city-wide koala conservation plan which will be developed together with “suburb-specific koala management strategies”.

The move is in stark contrast to Tweed where the shire council is still being lobbied to move ahead with a 13-year-old promise to develop a koala management plan.

Gold Coast Council’s koala conservation project manager John Callaghan plans to speak to the Gecko conservation group about the council strategies at Currumbin on November 25.

“A city-wide koala conservation plan will be developed together with suburb-specific koala management strategies in priority areas where Gold Coast City Council will be seeking community involvement and assistance,” said Mr Callaghan.

He said current efforts were focused on the conservation of koalas in the rapidly expanding east Coomera urban area.

Several hundred koalas are believed to live at east Coomera and Pimpama within an area of about 3640 hectares.

But about 1000 hectares of this is to be developed with a new town centre and housing.

Mr Callaghan said council initiatives would include relocation of the most at-risk koalas from areas where habitat is to be cleared, a monitoring program and involvement of landowners, residents and the broader community.

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