Toowoomba Regional Council, Media Release, 16 November 2022
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will explore funding options to undertake koala population mapping within the Toowoomba Region.
With koala numbers declining, TRC Environment and Community Committee Portfolio Lead Cr Tim McMahon said urgent action was required to better understand the population numbers within the Toowoomba Region.
“A koala is such an iconic animal of Australia and we need to be doing everything we can to protect these animals,” Cr McMahon said.
“While it’s believed the koala is prevalent throughout the Toowoomba Region, the reality is the total extent of the numbers and their exact locations are not known.
“This is why it’s so important we undertake a mapping exercise to find the precise details which will then make it easier for us to look at ways to provide protection.
“The Federal Government has launched a $224.5 million Saving Native Species Program and implementation of the Threatened Species Action Plan (2022 – 2025).
“To get some funding through a program like this would be crucial to undertake baseline population mapping of the koala across the Toowoomba Region.
“We have passionate residents who are already doing work in this space and it’s envisaged this would complement the work being done by our community groups who are undertaking a koala count this month to raise further awareness of our numbers.
“We will continue to work with all levels of Government for the conservation of the koala within the Toowoomba Region.”