Caring for our koalas

Brisbane’s shady trees and abundant bushlands mean that many of us are neighbours to significant, native animal species. Want to know how you can do your part to help our iconic animal friends? 

Check out our top five list below and read about some of the things we’re doing here at Council to protect our native wildlife across Brisbane. 

Top 5 ways to protect koalas

Drive carefully

Look for koala crossing signs and scan the roadsides for koalas (and other wildlife) that may be on the move, especially around dusk and dawn. Our smart signs in areas with higher koala sightings are reminders for drivers that staying alert for wildlife close to the road may just save a life.

We’re doing more than ever to protect koalas, including new ways which make it easier for them to move around and safely navigate our roads with a range of Wildlife Movement Solutions.

As well as roadside escape poles, we’ve also installed five new koala climb outs along Boundary Road in Whites Hill to keep these wonderful animals safe from cars. Escape poles at Compton Road in Kuraby, and four new and innovatively designed poles being installed on Beckett Rd, McDowall, means they can climb safely back to their leafy habitat.

Culverts are also being retrofitted with specially designed ‘koala furniture’ to allow koalas safe passage underneath the road. Pine Mountain Road at Carindale has a culvert which is being equipped with a koala ledge and resting poles as well as new plantings of their favourite food trees.

Plant koala food trees on your property

Koalas love to snack, particularly on the below food trees:

  • grey gum (Eucalyptus major)
  • tallowoood (Eucalyptus microcorys)
  • small-fruited grey gum (Eucalyptus propinqua)
  • scribbly gum (Eucalyptus racemosa)
  • red stringy bark (Eucalyptus resinifera)
  • swamp mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta)
  • fine-leaved red gum (Eucalyptus seeana)
  • blue gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) (highly desirable).

Council is committed to protecting our beautiful koalas and other native wildlife through a range of programs. Our Bushland Acquisition Program helps to acquire and conserve more bushland, providing food and habitat resources.

We’re investing in koala research, including $1.2 million over three years into a Koala Research Partnerships Program. We’ve also prioritised seven precincts for concentrated investment effort in koala conversation at Chermside Hills, Tingalpa, Wakerley, Belmont Hills to Whites Hill, Chandler, Coorparooand Toohey Forest.

Provide koala friendly fencing

To keep koalas safe, make sure you design your fence to allow wildlife to pass by easily.

You can find more information about wildlife-friendly fencing and netting by visiting Land For Wildlife.

Keep koalas safe from your dog

We want to make sure our local koalas and your dogs are kept at a safe distance from each other. Read our tips on how to prevent any attacks from happening and learn what to do if you spot an injured koala. 

Watch koalas from a distance

It’s best not to interrupt these cute, cuddly creatures while they are on the move. Leave them be and watch from a distance – they’ll be forever thankful.

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Last updated:2 April 2020
Topics: green