The Queensland Conservation Council is deeply concerned about the plight of the koala in the southeast part of Queensland, recognising the species has experienced a dramatic collapse in population in recent years, and likely faces eventual extinction in the wild in the region.
Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has established a Koala Expert Panel to provide advice on “the protection of the vulnerable koala in southeast Queensland”. The Expert Panel has four Commissioners and is working through a staggered process over a twelve-month timeframe.
The Expert Panel has invited initial community input via a ten question online survey which closes on 21st October 2016. The survey asks about where you live and what you see as the current threats to koalas, and how they could be addressed. It also asks about the current measures of koala protection (planning laws, environmental laws, veterinary services) and which (if any) you think are working well, not working well and how they could be improved. There is space to make additional comments or provide other ideas.
The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/DWL88PP
See the above information sheet for further background to the issues, and some suggested comments to include in your responses.
Responses to the survey need to be completed by 21st October but separate submissions on koala decline and protection can be made to the Business Review Unit of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection: email:BRU.NCS@ehp.qld.gov.au