Koalas are on the move around the Gold Coast with breeding season underway.
From July to January, koalas are at increased threat as they move around the city looking for a mate.
Despite being a vulnerable species, the Gold Coast is fortunate to have number of koala habitat areas including at Elanora, Currumbin Waters, Burleigh Heads, Pimpama, Coomera, Coombabah, Arundel, and Helensvale.
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Locals who live in these suburbs are being urged to ensure their backyards are koala safe, to prevent an increase in koala fatalities or injuries this breeding season.
Want to make sure your backyard is koala safe? City of Gold Coast Conservation Officer Sheridan Dostal shared her top tips in the video below:
Here are three easy ways you can make your backyard koala safe:
1. Make your pool koala safe: Tie one end of a rope to your pool fence and place the other end in your pool. Leave a flotation device in your pool, like a pool noodle, or have a mat or ramp so koalas can climb out.
2. Koala friendly fencing: Lean a timber poll against your fence or plant stable trees or shrubs along the fence line so koalas can climb over and out of the backyard. If you are planning on updating your boundary fence, consider installing a koala friendly fence which will allow koalas to safely enter and exit your yard.
3. Safely contain your dog: Prevent koala-dog interactions by containing your dog at night by keeping it indoors or confined on a veranda or garage area.
If you see a koala that appears sick, injured or in danger, is sitting on the ground, or is a joey without its mother – call Wildcare Australia immediately on 07 5527 2444.
For more information on how to protect koalas, koala breeding season or to report a koala sighting, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/