Help spot (and safeguard) koalas
  • Monday 16 May 2016

Keen-eyed Sunshine Coast locals are needed to help search for koalas at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden in Tanawha on Sunday, May 29.

Environment Portfolio and Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said not only would our volunteer koala spotters get to explore one of the natural jewels in the Sunshine Coast crown, they’ll be helping protect these precious little furry Aussies.

“Council has engaged researchers from the University of Queensland to fit GPS collars to some resident koalas in the Tanawha and Buderim regions,” Cr McKay said.

“The tracking program is just one of many components of council’s Environment Levy funded Koala Conservation Plan aimed at protecting the vulnerable local koala population through a greater understanding of their habitat requirements and threats to their conservation.

“Three koalas at the Maroochy Botanic Garden have been collared at this stage – two males (Graham and Charles) and one female (Lizzie).

“If you would like to be involved in finding the next few koalas and contribute to fostering a greater understanding of their movements in this region, there’s no need to RSVP, just bring your family to the Arts and Ecology Centre by 9am to be allocated to a search team. 

“Afterwards, participants can stay to enjoy a free sausage sizzle in the stunning surrounds of the Garden.

“Be sure to wear covered walking shoes and bring some drinking water.”

For further information about council’s Koala Conservation Plan and the Maroochy Botanic Garden, visit council’s website.