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Make sure koalas are for keeps

Last Updated on 23 July 2014

koala.jpgIt is difficult to understand government decisions at times - and especially since the Queensland government website clearly states that the greatest threat to koalas is loss of habitat. The only way protection is 'guaranteed' is when legistation exists or is created - as governments do - to control actions and activities.

The Koala Plan provides a certain level of protection for areas of habitat that have been surveyed and documented and included in the plan. Queensland government allocated $2.1 million over 4 years to match local councils' spending on surveys - until recently. The website was updated 7 November 2008 but disappointingly does not included the report from the KOALA TASKFORCE.

More disappointment for our members too when we heard that state government has withdrawn its matching $ for $ subsidy for koala surveys in Logan City. This part of Southeast Queensland has been targeted for fast - tracked housing subdivisions for Queensland's growing population - but areas have been flagged without any studies for koalas or other wildlife. Local residents have been sending sightings of koalas (and other wildlife - including spotted tailed quolls) to EPA Wildnet for some time. We know there are koalas here - but they or their habitat is not proected until the habitat is mapped.

The report of other koala habitat surveys is available from this link. Also available is data including major causes of death from 1997 to end April - from Koala hospital presentations. Download from this page.

 

REPORT KOALA SIGHTINGS 25-26 OCTOBER 2008

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala_action_sm.jpgChannel 9s Extra program Wednesday 22 October had a segment promoting this weekend's koala sightings PHONE IN for Redlands and inviting all other SEQ areas to report sightings this weekend as well. If you see a koala - dead or alive - phone in to report  where you have seen it. The information that local residents have provides vital information about koala movements.  Thanks to the people manning the phone and all koala carers for taking this action.

Phone 3820 1103 Koala Hotline

THE REDLAND KOALA ACTION GROUP, WITH THE SUPPORT OF REDLAND CITY COUNCIL AND THE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY, IS RUNNING THE ANNUAL PHONE-IN KOALA SURVEY ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY OCTOBER 25TH AND 26TH.  IF YOU SEE A KOALA ANYWHERE IN THE REDLANDS [ and other areas of SEQ] ON THESE DAYS, PHONE 3820 1103 BETWEEN 8.00AM AND 5.00PM ON EITHER DAY.

 

FAUNA UNDERPASS MT LINDESAY HIGHWAY PARK

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

slow-down-highway_h150.jpgLogan and Albert Conservation Association LACA ,Brisbane Region Environment Council BREC and Residents Action on Infrastructure Development and Environment RAIDE have been working with the EPA, Main Roads Metro, Main Roads Nerang and Logan City Council for the last 3 years to provide a dedicated fauna underpass immediately south of Stoney Camp Rd and Granger Rd (under the Mt Lindesay Highway) and to improve the environmental designs of the highway to facilitate local and regional fauna movement. This is part of the regional biodiversity corridor and is used by wildlife - eastern grey kangaroos koalas and other less visible to us fauna. Munruben Wetlands locally called Jerry's Downfall is also where the nationally endangered spotted tailed quoll has been 'spotted'. 

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Keeping up to date with koala news

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Logan and Albert Conservation Association believes that the greatest threats to the long term survival of  koalas in South East Queensland include loss of habitat to allow for expansion of the urban footprint and associated infrastructure and failure to identify Koala Conservation Areas by surveying.

Here  we will endeavour to provide links to relevant reports, documents, websites, news stories, EPA documents and other resources that will help the reader follow the koala's path to the future.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute to this resource page.

This report from EPA : Report on Koala Coast koala surveys 2005-2006 has details regarding koala population decline - they do refer to Logan but it is only Logan in the Koala Coast Region (ie east of the Pacific Motorway).

Another report of interest is that detailing information about the requirement to have a koala spotter for clearing trees in District A. The file Tree clearing and trimming - Koala Spotter requirements is available here.

Some Terms used and explained include:

Clearing: the Koala Plan refers to the Integrated Planning Act 1997 for the definition of "clearing". Under this Act, clearing means remove, cut down, ring bark, push over or destroy in any way including burning, flooding or draining. It does not include destroying standing vegetation by stock or lopping a tree.
District A: is defined as the SEQ Region as per the SEQ Regional Plan. District A contains the highest koala population densities at the highest risk from threatening processes.
Koala Habitat Areas are identified as Koala Conservation Areas (KCA), Koala Sustainability Areas (KSA) or Urban Koala Areas (UKA).
Koala Habitat Tree: means a tree of any of the following genera: Angophora; Corymbia (gum tree), Eucalyptus (gum tree); Lophostemon (brush box or swamp box); or Melaleuca (paper bark or tea tree).

You can sign up to receive an EPA email newsletter fortnightly by sending a message with ‘subscribe' in the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The whole Queensland government Koala Conservation Plan and Management Plan 2006-2016 [6.32Mb] can be accessed or downloaded from this page - essential reading before the review of SEQ Regional Plan towards end 2008.

 

South East Queensland Koala Killing Fields

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala_action_sm.jpg                YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED TO PROTECT KOALAS.

This week Premier Anna Bligh and Andrew McNamara , Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation announced the urgent need for a koala taskforce and rescue plan. Recent reports predicted a decline in koala populations and that koalas could be extinct in South-east Queensland within the next 20 years.

Reports by GHD consultants for Moreton Regional Council showed a 46% decline in the last 6 years in Pine Rivers' urban koala population density, and an EPA report in 2007 showed numbers had dropped by 26% in the Koala Coast Region (Redlands Council).

While Logan and Albert Conservation Association agree with the summation of the report, this announcement comes after the Premier officially released 40 000 hectares of bushland for development under the guise of affordable housing, despite the protests of conservation groups in South-east Queensland.

Despite these predicted declines in koalas in South-east Queensland, massive development is still proposed for Logan City Council and Scenic Rim Regional Council areas with population increases of 30 000 for Park Ridge MPA, 25 000 for Greenbank, 60 000 for Flagstone and 60 000 for Yarrabilba as part of the SEQRP. The koala populations of Logan City and the Scenic Rim Region are still unknown. To date no official koala surveys have been conducted to identify and map Koala Conservation Areas. LACA believes Logan Council will conduct surveys in former Beaudesert Shire areas.

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BLIGH GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON KOALA CRISIS - or not?

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala.jpgPremier The Honourable Anna Bligh, and Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation The Honourable Andrew McNamara released a joint statement Wednesday 5 August 2008. It reads

  • Tighter planning controls and dog laws,
  • stronger protection of key habitats and
  • an expanded network of road crossings

are among options to be considered as the Bligh Government confronts a crisis facing koalas in southeast Queensland.
Premier Anna Bligh said new research showed the population of koalas in the wild was directly linked to the animals' movement through urban areas and urgent action was needed to slow the dramatic mortality rate.
This information has come to light since the introduction in 2006 of the Government's Koala Plan and means more radical moves are needed to stop the extinction of koalas in SEQ.

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KOALAS NEED OUR HELP NOW!

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

koala_action_sm.jpgAll levels of government need to place more value on conserving koalas and their essential habitat now in order for the koala species to survive in Australia. Dr Hanger from the Wildlife Hospital Australia  reports on the latest findings of a study University of Queensland have conducted the past year following the progress of 10 koalas which, up until their release, had never lived independently. This story is available from Sunshine Coast Daily Online. Read it here.

The Australian Koala Foundation and other conservation groups are very concerned about the longterm survival of the koala - our national icon. AKF called for an overhaul of the 1998 National Koala Strategy because it has "not helped the koalas" with over 25 000 recorded koala deaths since its inception. The media release is available here. Australian Koala Foundation also has an enewsletter which can be accessed from the same page.

Koala Campaigners is a recent strategy led by the Australian Koala Foundation to help you help the koala.

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Koalas and urban fast tracking

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

wpsqlogo.gifThe State Government push to open up more Greenfield developments has given the green light for an aggressive push by developers to urbanize vast tracks of land.

In Redlands, Woodlands Drive is one of the most picturesque areas, protected from urban development by the Redlands Local Planning Scheme, but it hasn't stopped the State Government nominating it as a potential site for urbanization. The consequence is that developers have lodged a development application for commercial and residential development over this beautiful area.

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