‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum and Presentations

Koala populations across the Wide Bay Burnett are in crisis as a result of loss of habitat, injury and fatality from domestic animal attacks and vehicle strikes, and a rapid rise in the rate of individuals affected by disease.

The Wide Bay Burnett Environment Council Inc (WBBEC) was proud to present the Wide Bay Burnett ‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum on Friday 7th October 2016 at the Bauple Recreation Centre (Forestry Rd, Bauple).

This forum aimed to bring together stakeholders and decision makers from all over the Wide Bay Burnett Region to hear from keynote speakers Dr Alistair Melzer and Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Rhodes, along with local experts, on;

  • koala ecology and behaviour,
  • impacts from urban and rural land uses,
  • wildlife rescue in the region,
  • conservation programs on private land, and
  • conservation priorities and management actions.

This forum was supported by the National Landcare Programme (Healthy Habitats Community Investment) in partnership between WBBEC and the Burnett Mary Regional Group  (BMRG) and delivered via collaboration between WBBEC, Wildlife Fraser Coast, Koala Care Fraser Coast, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and Koala Action Group Gympie Region.


Please see Program and Flyer from the event below.

‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum- Program

‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum- Flyer

‘Koalas in Crisis Forum’ Presentations:

The Koala, Conservation & Community- Melzer 2016-CQU

Principles for Recovering Koala Landscapes- Melzer 2016- CQU

Landscape Planning for Koala Conservation and Recovery- Rhodes 2016- UQ

KOALAS IN THE WIDE BAY BURNETT- Wildcare Australia and Wildlife Rescue Fraser Coast- Joint Presentation

Private Land Conservation Partnership Initiatives- Sunshine Coast Regional Council 2016

Further Information:

‘Koalas in Crisis Forum’- Event Synopsis- WBBEC 2016

Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2017- Queensland Government

Key State Government Measures for Koala Protection in Queensland- DEHP

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