Redland City Council is inviting its neighbouring residents to visit Redlands on 20 and 21 October to participate in the annual koala count-a-thon survey.
The koala survey is a weekend activity aimed at encouraging the community to explore the great outdoors and participate in the thrill of koala spotting to provide valuable information for koala conservation.
Redland City, located 20 minutes from Brisbane, is home to a significant urban koala population and offers visitors a unique opportunity to spot koalas in their natural habitat.
Council, in partnership with the local Koala Action Group, is encouraging all South-East Queensland residents and visitors to join in the koala spotting fun.
The survey is a very important event on the Redland’s event calendar as it helps to provide critical information about the number, location and health of our local koalas.
“The survey weekend offers the perfect excuse to visit the Redlands to explore our spectacular natural areas, experience the delight of koala spotting and enjoy a picnic by the bay,” Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said.
“Koala spotting is a fun activity for people of all ages and makes for a free family fun day out that will create cherished memories.
“If you don’t make it to the Redlands during koala survey weekend we encourage you to visit our beautiful city some other time. Please remember that driving koala aware, especially in areas with koala warning signs, is something we can all do to protect this magnificent animal.”
Redlands Koala Action Group president Debbie Pointing said getting involved in the survey is very rewarding and spotting a koala is easy when you know how.
“Koalas can be found in their natural environment by learning more about their favourite types of trees, looking for scratching on tree trunks or keeping an eye out for koala droppings at the base of trees,” Ms Pointing said.
“There is a range of helpful information about how to spot a koala available at www.koalacentral.com.au.”
This year Council has developed a new digital survey tool available on our Koala Central Facebook page to support the initiative. It will provide easier access for residents to take part using their smart phones while out and about.
Koala sightings between 20 and 21 October can be registered by:
- Phone: 3820 1103 between 8am and 5pm daily.
- Online: www.koalacentral.com.au
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/koalacentral
To learn more about how to spot a koala or how to get involved in the survey weekend visit www.koalacentral.com.au