Koalas are on the move on the Gold Coast, with breeding season well underway.
With an increase in movement, koalas are at greater risk of harm during this time of the year, but there are ways we can help keep them safe in our own backyards.
Although listed as vulnerable, koalas remain widely distributed throughout the Gold Coast hinterland and in urban areas such as Elanora, Currumbin Waters, Coomera, Burleigh Heads, Coombabah, Arundel, Nerang and Helensvale.
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If you live in a koala habitat area, here are some ways you can assist with safe koala movement in your backyard:
1. Safely contain your dog: Prevent koala-dog interactions by safely containing your dog at night by keeping it indoors at night or confined on a veranda or garage area. Smaller enclosures or runs are also suitable for night time use, or your dog may be comfortable on a long lead.
2. Koala friendly fencing: If you are updating your boundary fence consider installing a koala friendly fence which will allow koalas to safely enter and exit your yard.
3. Make your pool koala safe: Tie a very thick and rigid type of rope with a flotation device, attach it to a tree and the place the end in your pool. When not in use, placing a tight cover over your pool will help keep koalas out of the water.
Watch the video below for more tips on how to keep koalas safe during breeding season:
If you come across an injured koala, call Wildcare immediately on (07) 5527 2444.
For more information on how to protect koalas, koala breeding season or to report a koala sighting, visit goldcoast.qld.gov.au