Koalas are on the move around the Gold Coast with peak breeding season underway.
From July to January, koala movement increases as last year’s young disperse from their mothers and adult males try to find a mate.
Unfortunately this means there is increase in the likelihood of koalas coming into contact with key threats such as vehicles, dogs and barriers.
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To try and reduce the number of koalas being hit by cars during breeding season, the City of Gold Coast has installed message signs on koala ‘hot spot’ roads.
These roads include: Guineas Creek Road, Elanora; Simpsons Road, Elanora; Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters; Trees Road, Tallebudgera; Captain Cook Drive, Arundel; Napper Road, Parkwood; Colman Road, Coomera; Foxwell Road, Coomera; Helensvale Road, Helensvale; Discovery Drive, Helensvale and Bonogin Road, Mudgeeraba.
Drivers who frequent these roads or travel through koala habitat areas, are urged to slow down and stay alert for koalas and other wildlife crossing the road, especially between the hours of 6pm and 6am.
Gold Coast dog owners are also being urged to try and prevent koala-dog interactions to help reduce the risk of koalas being injured or killed as a result of dog attacks.
Dog owners are encouraged to safely contain their pets indoors at night or confine them to a veranda or in a garage area. Exclusion fences using smooth metal sheeting or rendered brick surfaces is another good way to prevent koala-dog interactions by impeding koalas’ access to your yard.
To the opposite effect, residents living near known koala habitat without pets are encouraged to install koala friendly fencing to help koalas safely enter and exit your yard and move around as needed.
This could include fencing that is easy to grip and climb, fencing that allows koalas to move under or through easily, or simply timber posts or sturdy shrubs alongside the fence to help them over.
Locals are also reminded to call Wildcare Australia Inc. immediately on 07 5527 2444 (24 hours) should they come across a koala that is sick, injured or trapped.
For more information, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/koalas