HUNDREDS of koalas living in and around Parkwood and Coombabah will soon be better protected with council moving to declare the suburbs a dedicated priority area for koala conservation.
With as many as 300 koalas believed to be living in the area, Council hopes the new priority area declaration will help the population flourish.
Parkwood and Coombabah will join existing priority koala areas East Coomera-Pimpama, Burleigh Ridge and Elanora-Currumbin Waters as part of the City’s Koala Conservation Plan.
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Planning Chair, Cr Cameron Caldwell said creating another priority area signified the importance of the area to the local koala population.
“We are committed to seeing that population flourish,” said Cr Caldwell.
“By classifying this area as a priority under the Koala Conservation Plan, it provides a focus for resource allocation, habitat restoration and retention, threat mitigation and community engagement actions.”
Cr Caldwell said the new priority area will help reduce the number of koalas killed on our roads.
“The inclusion of this new priority area will assist in reducing koala mortalities caused by vehicle strikes and assisting with the safe passage of koalas within urban areas,” he said.
“We’re taking real action to protect the Gold Coast’s vulnerable koala population.”
The City is awaiting the release of the draft Koala Conservation Strategy from the Department of Environment and Science, due mid-2019.
The proposed Parkwood-Coombabah area will be voted on at Full Council next week.