Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s vet Michael Pyne with one of Currumbin’s koalas.
Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s vet Michael Pyne with one of Currumbin’s koalas. supplied

Koalas get centre-stage

DO you want to know what is being done to save the koala on the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast City Council is showcasing its conservation programs at a Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary fun day on Saturday, June 9.

The fun day aims to raise awareness of the council's Elanora-Currumbin Waters Koala Conservation Project.

Mayor Tom Tate said the council had partnered with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildcare Australia on this key research, education and conservation planning project to increase community awareness of threats to koalas and improve prospects for their survival.

"Since this project began late last year, there have been nearly 300 new koala sightings reported to council for the Currumbin Waters-Elanora area, which is one of several areas in the city that still supports a koala population in a semi-urban setting," he said.

"Koalas may not continue to survive in these environments without targeted conservation efforts and the support of the local community."

Cr Tate said 30 koalas from the study area had recently undergone detailed veterinary examinations in order to establish a health profile for the koala population.

The fun day will include koala face painting, discounted koala photos, children's activities, puzzles and opportunities to see koalas up close.

The free event will be held between 9am and 1pm in the Lorikeet Arena.

Check out this link for more information on the fun day.



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