Tweed residents are being told to keep a close eye out for koalas, with our furry friends on the move at this time of year.
This year’s breeding season has seen the koalas extremely active around the area, with current bushfires potentially increasing that activity too.
There has sadly been two koala deaths already, due to car strikes in the Tweed; one on the M1 at Chinderah and one on Clothiers Creek Road.
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A third koala was also injured last week on Clothiers Creek Road.
Tweed Council has increased signage around the area, urging motorists to slow down, and if anyone finds an injured koala, there a signs telling them to call the 24-hour hotline on 02 6622 1233.
Mayor of Tweed Katie Milne says everyone has a part to play.
“Motorists need to drive below the speed limit through important coastal habitat areas such as Clothiers Creek Road, Pottsville, Round Mountain and Chinderah.
“We must all step up if we are going to save this iconic species. Residents in coastal koala areas can get Council assistance to plant vital koala food trees, and we ask people in these areas to please tie up your dogs and be extremely careful that landholder burn offs don’t get out of control.
“Council has been advocating for assistance from other levels of government to purchase vital koala areas, and while we have had some good success, we definitely need more land to be set aside,” the Mayor said.
Areas of concern for Council include Cudgen Nature Reserve, Koala Beach bushland estate, Pottsville Environmental Park and Pottsville Wetland.
For more information on koalas, click here.