Review of koala conservation measures
Koala Expert Panel
The Queensland Government is conducting a review of existing koala conservation measures, following the results of the South East Queensland Koala Population Modelling Study, prepared by the Uniquest.
This report identified a decline in koala population densities by approximately 80% in the Koala Coast, and 54% in the Pine Rivers regions, between 1996 and 2014.
To address the findings, the Queensland Government has established an independent expert panel, led by Assoc. Prof Jonathon Rhodes, to provide recommendations on the most appropriate and realistic actions to ensure the long-term survival of koala populations in the wild in South East Queensland.
The Expert Panel members are:
- Dr Alistair Melzer from the Central Queensland University’s Koala Research Centre
- Mr Al Mucci, Director, Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation
- Ms Antra Hood, Partner, Minter Ellison.
- The Expert Panel will release their full report in mid-2017 for consideration by the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, which will inform the development of a new koala strategy.
As part of the Queensland Government review of koala protection measures, the Expert Panel and officers within EHP conducted targeted consultation to capitalise on the wealth of knowledge and expertise from the public and key stakeholders.
The consultation demonstrated that residents in key koala habitat areas were very concerned about the level of habitat loss, road deaths and dog attacks observed in their local areas. A number of stakeholders put forward recommendations for improving protections under the planning and development framework.