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Published On: Mon, Dec 6th, 2010

Koalas at Coomera Town Centre Site Get a New Home

Koala Bears at Coomera Town Centre RelocatedKoalas get a new home on Gold Coast

With construction of the multibillion-dollar Coomera Town Centre on the northern end of the Gold Coast well under way, work continues to protect one of the region’s most important populations of koalas.

While some are being left where they are, many koalas are being moved from Coomera to greener pastures.

So far 99 koalas have been captured and given health checks and radio tracking collars as part of the Gold Coast City Council’s East Coomera Koala Conservation Project.

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Of those, 63 have been relocated to new homes among the gum trees at the Lower Beechmont Conservation Area in the hinterland. They include 19 females with joeys.

The project began 12 months ago in response to long-standing state and local commitments to development of the Coomera Town Centre.

The town centre and surrounding residential developments will cover roughly 1000 hectares, while the commercial hub will spread over 60 hectares, an area about the same size as the Brisbane CBD, with about 20,000 people expected to work there by 2026.

Councillor Peter Young says the koala conservation program will now move into its next phase as relocation permits expire.

“We need to look at applying to the state government to extend those approvals and council will need to fund this additional work,” he said.

Mr Young said it was a great pity the state government had not supported the project more directly through its state planning policy for offsetting the loss of koala habitat, which meant council was “going it alone” in trying to protect koalas at East Coomera and offset habitat losses.

“But this project is showing it can be done.

“The quality of expertise on the koala team and the support provided through the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital, and a range of other key koala researchers … has ensured a future for many of these precious animals.”

Story Featured in the Sydney Morning Herald   |  December 1st, 2010

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- Glenn Batten is the Principal Licensee of First National Real Estate Upper Coomera which provides residential property sales and property management services throughout the Northern Growth Corridor suburbs of Upper Coomera, Coomera, Pimpama, Willow Vale, Ormeau and Oxenford.

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