Be part of inaugural Fraser Coast Koala Count
THE Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland is urging residents to keep their eyes peeled for koalas this weekend, October 18-19, as part of the inaugural Fraser Coast Koala Count.
"We asking anyone that sees a koala to call in on 4197 4548 or 4197 4549 or report the sighting online at www.koalatracker.com.au, a nationally recognised koala map," councillor George Seymour said.
"Volunteers will be manning the phones from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday and will ask callers to include some basic details including the caller's name and contact information, where the koala was spotted, if it was in a tree or on the ground and so on."
He said the number of koala sightings in 2014 will provide a baseline for future community counts to determine if koala numbers were increasing or declining.
"We know of a number of koalas that live in Pioneer Park in Tinana - as well as few other locations around the area - and we want to ensure that these animals are healthy and continuing to thrive," Cr Seymour said.
The koala count is part of an action plan developed by the Koala Consultative Committee which was endorsed by the council in July.
The council also endorsed other recommendations from the committee which included producing a Living With Koalas brochure, tree planting to create koala corridors and lobbying to have the Fraser Coast included in Koala District A so it would be eligible for State and Federal Government funding for koala conservation projects.
"Because much of the urban koala habitat in our region is located on private land it is important for residents to help protect koalas in their backyards and help us to protect koalas in parks and on roadside verges," Cr Seymour said.
Three core approaches of Fraser Coast Koala Action Strategy
- Koala monitoring and data collection: improving the quality and availability of information on koala population dynamics and habitat in the Fraser Coast region
- Education: educating and empowering residents to adopt best practice approaches to koala management on the Fraser Coast
- Koala Corridor Management (stage one- council-controlled land): community-inclusive corridor projects to improve connectivity between key urban habitats in Booral and Tinana