by Wildlife Carer, Rachel Aspinall

One comment I hear a lot more often than I expected is that “I don’t have koalas living in my area.” And while not everybody has koalas in their garden, if you live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland they are absolutely around. 

In my time caring for wildlife here I’ve performed or assisted in numerous wildlife rescues or wild captures of individuals in need of assistance and yes, that has included koalas in places like Mapleton, Montville, Maleny, Reeseville, Kenilworth and Imbil. 

They may be less noticeable than some other wildlife species in the area, particularly since many people do not have sufficient native eucalypt populations surrounding their homes that might attract koalas in to feed on, but in the green spaces between housing areas or even in forested backyards, koalas are there. 

Koalas have been officially declared an endangered species, and much of this is of course due to development – new housing estates are booming and swallowing up green spaces and tree corridors for the koalas, especially by the coast. 

This has been compounded with increased traffic and domestic animals let loose on the environment  

There’s still a decent amount of koala habitats remaining up here in the hinterland and it’s crucial that we do our best to help keep the populations here sustainable. 

Keeping dogs fenced or cats indoors reduces the burden of predation on koalas and other native wildlife. Koalas have also drowned trapped in swimming pools until they’re too exhausted to swim, thinking they can get an easy drink – please make sure there’s an easy way for them to climb out. 

One of the biggest things you can do to help is to plant native trees on your land. We have some absolutely gorgeous native gum species that double as food for koalas. Eucalypt seedlings can be found for as little as $3.50 at Barung Landcare in Maleny and Landsborough. 

Barung Landcare are experts on native species and as such they’re the company we’re looking to, in order to establish a koala fodder plantation for all wildlife carers to be able to use. The Sunshine Coast Council has agreed to provide land for the purpose and the quote for establishing the plantation is $7,400. 

To this end, a fundraising dinner dance for the koala fodder plantation is being held at the Orangery in Maleny on Saturday April 2 courtesy of the owners. If you aren’t able to plant native trees yourself, this is your perfect opportunity to help out. 

There will be a two-course meal and live entertainment by John Mays at a ticket price of $69. There will also be a silent auction running at the event and we welcome all donations to enter into it.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (07) 5435 2545 

Thank you for your continued support and I hope to meet some of you readers there!

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