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Redland Shire koalas need our support to protect their habitat from urban development.

koala1 (1)Redland Shire Council wants to develop bushland in koala population areas despite evidence that habitat loss is a major cause of plummeting koala populations in the shire. Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch want to stop them.

This is not just a local issue. Koala populations are in decline statewide. Everyone interested in conserving Queensland wildlife should support Bayside Branch.

Koalas versus development

The Koala Summit organised by Redland Shire Council, held in Alexandra Hills in 3-4 November 2007, passed several pro conservation resolutions, including:

  • Aim to bring koala numbers in the shire up to a viable 6000
  • Limit urban development to reduce impacts on wildlife
  • State and local authorities must use planning to reduce car strike deaths.

Days after the summit, the Redland Shire Council announced plans to open up land in southern Redland Bay for urban development. This is land that supports koalas and is adjacent to core koala habitat. More development brings more cars and more dogs.

What you can do

  • Koalas decline on the Koala Coast

    Koala numbers in Redlands Shire have
    dropped by 27% since 2000. The
    current population is about 4600; a
    sustainable population should be
    5000-6000 animals. Major causes of
    koala numbers decline are habitat
    loss, car strike, dog attack. All of these
    impacts are worsened by urban
    development in koala habitat.

    We enabled people to sign a Queensland Parliament ePetition sponsored by Phil Weightman MP that asked state government for protection of vegetation on the Koala Coast, including Redland Shire. (petition closed 31 March 2008.)

  • Wildlife Queensland President, Simon Baltais, was a member of the Koala Taskforce that made strong recommendations to the Queensland Premier about urgent action to conserve remaining koala populations in South-East Queensland.
  • Wildlife Queensland branches in areas with significant koala habitat have members who are active in koala conservation.

More information

More information is available on the Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch website.

For more information on Wildlife Queensland’s activities, contact us by email or call +61 7 3221 0194

Wildlife Queensland – December 2008

Written by Wildlifeqld