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Koala conservation and the City

The City is working hard to drive koala conservation efforts across the Gold Coast through its Koala Conservation Plan. The Plan identifies actions for the City so we can:

  • help mitigate threats to koalas on the Gold Coast
  • monitor our local koala populations
  • engage with and empower our community to help protect koalas.

We've established a range of programs, funds and events to support koala conversation on the Gold Coast with a focus on community involvement. To discover more about the simple measures you can take in your community to support koala conservation on the Gold Coast, see our Help save koalas page.

Koala Friends Program

In partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Wildcare Australia we've developed the Koala Friends Program. The program empowers residents to take action in ensuring the long-term survival of the Gold Coast koala population.

Become a Koala Friends Program member to receive updates on koala conservation and invitations to koala community events.

Koala Conservation Education Program

The Koala Conservation Education Program is a school program targeted at local Year 4 and 7 students. The program is designed to develop students’ knowledge of koalas, their habitat and threats, and relevant conservation measures. With teaching guides for educators in years 4 and 7 that highlight the relevant Australian Curriculum links, the program aims to facilitate learning both in the classroom and in the field with Pre-incursion, Incursion and Post-incursion lessons plans and a ‘Koala incursion worksheet’.

Key concepts covered in the teacher’s guides include:

  • Koalas are a significant part of Australia’s fauna and listed as a vulnerable species under State and Federal Government legislation.
  • Key koala population areas on the Gold Coast include Elanora and Currumbin Waters, East Coomera, Burleigh Ridge and the hinterland.
  • The koala population in South East Queensland is declining.
  • Processes in our urban environment pose a threat to the long-term survival of koalas.
  • Conservation measures are in place and the community can contribute to their implementation.

For more information visit our Koala Conservation Education Program teacher guides page.

Koala fund

The Koala fund was established in 2018 to acquire and protect land for native koala habitat. Land improvements and habitat restoration opportunities are identified once sites are acquired with management plans to support these enhancements. For more information visit our Koala fund page.

Koala community events

The City regularly holds koala tree planting days and koala conservation walks. For a full list of koala events and to find out what’s on near you, check out our Koala events calendar.

Landholder partnerships

Nearly half of our city’s koala habitat is on privately owned land. The City offers a range of resources, workshops and programs to private landholders interested in protecting and restoring their property’s native habitat. For more information on how you can get involved visit our Landholder partnerships page.

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