STATE GOVERNMENT OPENS THE WAY FOR LAWNTON KOALAS TO BE RESCUED AND RELOCATED

24/04/2014

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has opened the way for Moreton Bay Regional Council to rescue and relocate koalas in the vicinity of the Lawnton Lakes Development on Lawnton Pocket Road.

 

The Department has advised Council that it will be supportive in providing any required approvals under the Nature Conservation Act. The Department also advised Council of avenues for the animal to be taken into care and subsequently released elsewhere without requiring further approvals (or requiring minimal approvals) from the State Government.

 

“This is a sensible step and in the best interest of the koalas in the vicinity of Lawnton Pocket Road,” Mr Seath Holswich, Member for Pine Rivers, said.

 

“It is regrettable this situation has eventuated, but I applaud the Department, Council and local koala rescue organisations for working together to resolve this issue.”

 

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur, expressed his desire to see the process reviewed once the immediate situation has been resolved.

 

“We have an example of ‘best practice’ in caring for koalas in development areas right across the river from this development site.”

 

“We need to learn from the great work done in the Moreton Bay Rail Link corridor to ensure koalas and other wildlife are always appropriately managed on any development site.”

 

To date, Council has not yet sought approval for any specific activity. Council is leading this action and the Department is awaiting advice on Council’s proposals.