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Koala numbers in our area are under threat due to continuing fragmentation of suitable habitat, dog attack, car strike and bushfires.
A 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.
To ensure our koalas have access to safe, suitable bushland refuges we need to improve their habitat:
Some of the koalas favoured food tree:
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:
Fences can prevent koalas moving across the landscape accessing food trees.
Koala - Safe pools
In 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: