The Gold Coast Mayor is urging the State Government to consider a review of its koala relocation procedures after State Estimates heard nearly half of the animals moved died in the process.
Member for Broadwater, David Crisafulli, questioned the government on the mortality rate of the koalas moved from high growth areas like Coomera.
Environment and Heritage Protection Department Acting Deputy Director General Nick Weinhert said the mortality rate was 42 per cent.
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“This compares to 35 per cent of koalas at that recipient site, the expected rate under normal circumstances, and 50 per cent at the site from which they were taken,” he said.
“There is not a very significant variation between either the site of origin or the recipient site for the translocated population.”
Mayor Tom Tate said the Council has worked hard to find land for the koalas to live in, as well as building protective fences and funding wildlife hospitals.
“The City of the Gold Coast has to be the number one protector of koalas of anywhere in Australia,” he said.
“When it comes to this kind of report, the State Government needs to pull their weight.”
He added the Council is working hard to re-generate the koala population on the Gold Coast.
“We’re working in just about every facet with the koalas,” he said.
“Whether it’s with research with Dreamworld or actually trying to mix the genes around, we’re trying to get one healthy koala from one area, get one from another area and let them fall in love.”