Callers report 18 koalas to community count team
TINANA is Maryborough's koala haven.
The Fraser Coast Community Koala Count team received calls from 16 people who reported seeing 18 koalas during the annual Community Koala Count on October 18 and 19.
"One male koala was reported from Teddington and from Tinana, two females with joeys, three adult females, four adult males and six adult koalas of unknown sex were reported," Koala Consultative Committee member Carol Bussey said.
"Sightings in Tinana were from Pioneer Park, the Police Paddock, Henderson Park, Cheyne Estate, Springvale Rd, Iindah Rd West, Central Rd, Matilda Way and four koalas were sighted on Nerada Rd.
"Two calls were received from Booral reporting koalas that were seen before the Community Koala Count weekend. Also in preparation for the CKC, the team heard that there were koalas at Bauple and Boompa although no reports were received on the weekend for those areas."
Ms Bussey said the findings confirmed Tinana was an area of high human-koala interaction.
"It is an area that council officers and community groups need to concentrate on to increase public awareness about the presence of koalas, dog management, fencing and the importance of retaining koala food trees," She said.
"Most koalas live on private land so a large measure of responsibility for their safety resides with the individual landholder."
The count provided a baseline data for future annual counts to check how koala numbers are trending.
"We are still awaiting the sightings reported online," Ms Bussey said.
"Wildlife Queensland would like to thank all who took part."
Findings can still be reported to 4129 5979 or koalatracker.com.au.