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Koala Conservation Plan - Citywide

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The City supports some of the most important koala habitat and populations in South East Queensland. These populations occur over 32,000 hectares of habitat within City and State managed reserves; large, privately owned rural land; as well as persisting amongst the urban and peri-urban areas of the city.

Koala habitat and populations within the city are predominantly located to the west of the Pacific Motorway, with some populations remaining within the highly urbanised suburbs of Coomera-Pimpama, Helensvale-Coombabah-Parkwood and Burleigh Ridge.

Koalas are listed as vulnerable in Queensland under the State Government’s Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Federal Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The importance of koalas within the Gold Coast has long been recognised and as such, management of populations and habitat has been incorporated into the City’s various polices and strategies including the City Plan.

The growing population of the Gold Coast and the wide-ranging nature of koalas presents differing conservation issues which require a range of appropriate management actions. To guide the management of koalas on the Gold Coast, the City has carried out extensive monitoring, research and conservation actions to ensure their long-term survival and to inform the Koala Conservation Plan.

This Koala Conservation Plan builds on the previous experience and learnings of the Elanora-Currumbin Waters, East Coomera and Burleigh Ridge koala conservation plans, and identifies informed and targeted actions to mitigate key threats to koalas across the city.

To ensure the ongoing sustainability of koalas on the Gold Coast and to effectively address the major threats to these local populations, the Koala Conservation Plan will continue to be guided by up-to-date koala population health and sightings data; engage and seek community support and participation; and provide a focus to enhance inter agency collaboration and partnership for all contributing stakeholders.

Read our koala conservation fact sheets.

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