Gympie’s Koala Action group is heading out to the Kandanga Hall on Sunday 9th June from 9.30 am to midday for another regional community koala forum. The group is inviting local residents to come along to listen to the presentations, enjoy a ‘koality morning tea’, and share ideas on how we can help our precious Mary Valley koalas.

Speakers include Susie Duncan of Hinterland Bush Links on the role of wildlife corridors in saving species, and Wildcare’s Megan Johnson who has a wealth of knowledge from many years of koala rescue. Megan will cover the threats local koalas face, and explain how to identify if a koala is sick or injured and in need of help.

The group’s coordinator, Michelle Daly, said “The better we understand what is driving declines in local koala populations, the better we can target our local conservation efforts. Since we established this group four years ago, we have been able to gather a lot of valuable data from the public and from koala rescues.  We have also worked closely with the Council and many other stakeholders, so we have lots of interesting information to share at Kandanga on the 9th June.”

This is the second koala forum in the Mary Valley, after the well-attended event in Imbil two years ago. “We chose Kandanga this time as there have been a lot of healthy koala sightings, but also a lot of impacts in the past year from road strikes, dog attacks and disease. We have also been really encouraged by the number of Kandanga landholders who have become involved in helping us to plant 2019 food trees for koalas this year.”

To RSVP for the Kandanga event, or to find out more about Koala Action Gympie region, visit their Facebook page, call or text  Michelle on 0437 549 252 or click here for the email address.