‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum

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) is proud to present the Wide Bay Burnett ‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum on Friday 7th October at the Bauple Recreation Centre (Forestry Rd, Bauple).

This forum aims 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.

Bringing together Councillors, State and Federal MP’s, planners, NRM managers and key industry and community stakeholders provides a fantastic opportunity to set a benchmark upon which we can collaboratively plan for conservation solutions in urban and rural landscapes right across the region.

This forum is 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.

Admission to the event is $10 (payable in cash on the day) which includes morning tea and lunch, information pack and free shuttle bus from Maryborough (pick up at 7:45am at McDowell Car Park) and Gympie (pick up at 7:45am from the Valley Rattler Train Station).

To register and book the free shuttle bus, email manager@wbbec.org.au or phone 0423 932 431.

To follow updates on the event and for more information, please follow this link to the ‘Koalas in Crisis’ facebook event:


Please see Program and Flyer below.

‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum- Program

‘Koalas in Crisis’ Forum- Flyer


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