Koalas in the Clarence

Koala numbers in our area are under threat due to continuing fragmentation of suitable habitat, dog attack, car strike and bushfires.

Koala in a tree - photo by Pat EdwardsA Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management was adopted by Council in October 2015, and focuses on the core habitat areas of Ashby, Woombah and Iluka.  Council is implementing actions identified in the plan, including educating community residents in the core habitat areas about how to protect koalas and their habitat.

If you find an injured or sick koala, please contact WIRES on 6643 4055.

You can help to preserve and restore habitat

To ensure our koalas have access to safe, suitable bushland refuges we need to improve their habitat:

  • Get to know the trees in your area our local koalas rely on for food and shelter.
  • Protect forest habitat - it should be retained and enhance to maintain refuge areas and corridor links.
  • Retain and plant koala food trees - you will help to repair key habitat and create corridors that allow koalas to move safely between habitat patches.

Some of the koalas favoured food tree:

Forest Red Gum Tallowwood Small-fruited Grey Gum
Forest Red Gum Tallowwood Small-fruited Grey Gum

How you can help


Dog attacks from both domestic and wild dogs are a major cause of koala injury and death.

You can reduce the risk of dog attacks by:

  • Containing your dog - ideally secured in an enclosure that keeps your dog in and koalas out.  Most dog attacks on koalas take place inside backyards. Koalas are most active between dusk and dawn.  Containing your dog during this time will allow koalas to move about safely.
  • Control - keep your dog on a lead when you are walking in areas where koalas are known to occur.
  • Wild dog control - Wild dog control may help reduce these risks to koalas.  If you have large groups of wild dogs roaming in your area, contact Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 for information on control options.


Koala = FenceFences can prevent koalas moving across the landscape accessing food trees.

  • Install koala-friendly fences they can climb over, under or through.
  • Provide a means, such as small trees, shrubs or posts, close to fences to allow koalas to climb over and access through your property.

Koala - Safe pools

Koala safe poolIn hot, dry weather koalas may need to go in search of water and sometimes enter backyard pools.  Although they can swim they can drown if there is no way of exiting the pool. 

Draping a length of thick rope fitted with a float in the pool at all times and securing it to a tree or post will provide a way for them to climb out.  A safer option is a pool fence designed to prevent koalas from accessing the pool.


On the Road

Roads often cut across routes koalas use regularly to move around their home range, putting them at great risk of being hit by cars, particularly at night.  Please be on the lookout in areas where koalas are active.


Koalas can potentially escape fire if they have access to unburned habitat, which can also provide a refuge until the burnt areas regenerate.

Controlled burns: Individual koalas can be directly affected during hazard reduction burns as they often remain in the trees or come into contact with burnt lower trunks.

Wildfires: High-intensity wildfires pose a serious threat to koalas, particularly where no unburned habitat is available as a refuge.

You can help by:

  • Consulting the local Rural Fires Service for advice about fire hazard reduction.
  • Maintaining fire breaks to reduce the likelihood of wildfire entering you property.
  • Controlling bushland weed to reduce fire risk.

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