Koala threat management South East Queensland

Koala threat management South East Queensland

Working with local governments, non-government organisations, Traditional Owners, and communities, to identify priority threat areas and deliver actions for koala conservation in South East Queensland.

Koala sleeping -photo credit Chelsea KluskePromote the results and outcomes from threat management activities and build capacity of local governments, the community and partner organisations to undertake effective threat management initiatives.

Healthy Land & Water’s SEQ Koala Threat Management program, funded by the Queensland Government, involves the identification of priority areas to support the reduction of threats to koalas in South East Queensland, and the delivery of actions to reduce those threats.

Over three years, our team will engage local governments, non-government organisations, and communities to identify 10 priority threat areas for koala threat reduction programs across South East Queensland. The data gathered will be used to create and carry out targeted and transparent threat reduction programs to reduce the impacts of disease, injury, and mortality rates on our koalas.

All the activities will be guided by the new state-of-the-art koala habitat mapping for South East Queensland. This mapping has been developed using advanced modelling techniques and incorporates Queensland's comprehensive regional ecosystem mapping. Additionally, it utilises extensive data and innovative tools developed by Healthy Land & Water, including a newly developing Koala Bayesian Network Platform, which has been co-designed by Healthy Land & Water in collaboration with QUT and Mirror Analytics to provide threat management, habitat restoration, and protection priorities to land managers.

 

Collecting important data to monitor and prioritise where an intervention is needed.

 

What we are doing

Koala on tree looking at photographerPrograms to reduce the impacts from disease, injury, and mortality rates of our koalas.

This incredible project will deliver:

  • Workshops and engagement with local government, non-government organisations, and communities to identify 10 priority threat areas for koala threat reduction programs.
  • Proposed actions for a threat reduction program in each area, prioritising opportunities that address all threats to koalas, including disease, fire, climate change, and others.
  • A targeted program across the areas co-designed and implemented in partnership with local governments and key partners.
  • A monitoring program to establish baselines and measure the progress toward threat reduction.
  • Support local governments, the community and partner organisations to undertake effective threat management activities.

 

Measuring success

The project will collect important data to monitor and prioritise the areas where an intervention is needed.

Having a program co-designed and implemented in partnership with local governments and key partners that will also work in collaboration with landowners towards koala conservation in SEQ.

Thanks to the new state-of-the-art koala habitat mapping for SEQ utilised for this project, the data will also provide threat management, habitat restoration, and protection priorities to land managers.

All the activities will be carried out towards achieving a target of at least a 25% reduction in disease, injury, and mortality in the priority threat areas.

 

Why this project is important

In Queensland, the greatest concentration of koalas is in SEQ. They were first listed as vulnerable in SEQ under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act) in 2005, and in 2015 this was expanded to koalas across the entire state. In 2022 the conservation status of the koala was upgraded to Endangered both within Queensland under the NC Act and nationally under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Koalas face a range of environmental stresses including habitat loss, impacts from high-intensity bushfires and climate change, disease, and car strikes. Threats do not occur in isolation and koalas can be simultaneously affected by multiple threats.

The Queensland Government’s South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2020-2025 details their commitment to reversing the decline in koala populations across SEQ and, in doing so, safeguarding the future of this iconic species.

Threat management is a key action area in the strategy and is essential for ensuring the long-term viability of koalas in SEQ, particularly given the increased vulnerability of populations due to habitat loss and fragmentation.

 

Project snapshot

Projects

SEQ Koala Threat Management Initiatives - Phase 1

Project manager:  Tom Lally, Healthy Land & Water
Project team:  Patrick Malone
Catchment: South East Queensland
Timing: 2023-2026
Budget: $4.2mil
Partnerships: 

This program is funded by the Queensland Government and runs in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Science, Local Government Authorities, the Australian Government, Queensland Trust for Nature, Griffith University Social Marketing, SEQ Wildlife Hospital Network, Traditional Owners, and Landcare and community groups.

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Project collaborators

This program is funded by the Queensland Government and runs in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Science, Local Government Authorities, the Australian Government, Queensland Trust for Nature, Griffith University Social Marketing, SEQ Wildlife Hospital Network, Traditional Owners, and Landcare and community groups.

 

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