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Koala fund

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A $10.85 million koala support fund has been set up by the City of Gold Coast to further protect our much loved iconic mammal and conserve the city’s unique biodiversity, through the purchase of koala habitat.

The fund was endorsed when the City Budget 2018-19 was delivered on 21 June 2018.

How will the funds be raised?

From 1 July 2018, ratepayers will contribute $3 per annum to a special fit-for-purpose koala levy, for koala habitat acquisition. Around $800,000 will be raised through the separate charge levied in the 2018-19 financial year with the City planning to borrow the additional $10.05 million.

What will the fund acquire?

The City will use the funds for acquiring and protecting land for koala habitat within the city, including all ancillary costs in relation to the land acquisition process. Key areas identified for immediate priority include Coomera and Pimpama.

What sort of improvements can we expect to do to this specific koala habitat?

Specific land improvements will be identified once sites are acquired and management plans established. Potential land enhancements include fencing, fauna crossings and habitat restoration opportunities so the native vegetation remains in good condition.

Where is a likely place we will be looking to purchase koala habitat?

Council has resolved to investigate the protection and management of a koala population at Coomera-Pimpama as an immediate priority. This will make an important contribution to biodiversity conservation locally and help to maintain and support overall genetic diversity within koala populations across the city.

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