Lawnton Lakes Koala Relocations Commenced

14/07/2014

The Queensland Government is assisting Moreton Bay Regional Council’s project to rescue approximately 30 koalas from an area adjacent the Lawnton Lakes housing development project on Lawnton Pocket Rd, in Lawnton.

 

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the koalas had congregated in abnormally high numbers in a pocket of nearby vegetation.

 

“The koalas are quickly overrunning this isolated area of habitat and have no way of moving from there to other suitable habitat sites,” Mr Holswich said.

 

“Last week Moreton Bay Regional Council arranged for a number of koalas to be captured by licensed wildlife handlers in the Lawnton Pocket area and transported to the Queensland Government’s Moggill Koala Hospital for health checks by a Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) veterinarian.”

 

“Last Thursday, EHP staff transported six adult koalas, five of which had joeys, to a release site, identified by Council in the vicinity of Forgan Road, Joyner – some kilometres from the development.”

 

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said koalas were released only when vets were satisfied they were healthy. This follows routine practice for rescued animals.

 

“Three release sites have been identified by Council – a large area of well-connected koala habitat at Forgan Road, Joyner; a smaller area of habitat at a park in Brisbane Road, Warner; and a reserve in the vicinity of Lawnton Pocket Road.

 

“All these areas contain suitable koala habitat,” Mr Ruthenberg said.

 

“Mr Holswich and I have been working closely with Council, EHP and local koala rescue groups to ensure the well-being of these koalas.”

 

“We are pleased to be able to support Council in these relocations.”

 

Further captures, health assessments and relocations will continue this week.