A PETITION has been launched in Maryborough to push the Fraser Coast Regional Council to spend leftover environmental levy funds on koala protection.
The environmental levy was slashed in the recent budget and Emma-Kate Currie from the Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council estimated the council still had about $2.35 million.
She started a petition on change.org, urging Mayor Gerard O'Connell to use the leftover money to establish a koala protection trust in collaboration with local environment groups.
Owner of Maryborough's Janet's Art, Books and Coffee, Janet Revill, has got behind the cause and people can sign the petition in her Kent St shop.
"There are very few koalas left now in the Wide Bay; there have been over 100 recorded deaths in the last 18 months in the Tinana area alone," Ms Revill said.
"This isn't including dog and car caused deaths that haven't been reported," she said.
Cr O'Connell told the Chronicle $1.5million from the levy was set to be spent on coastal protection works.