Sunday, 22 January 2017
Clarence Valley Council, media release, 18 January 2017:
Koala avoids nasty shock
On the way to work one morning in early January, Iluka resident Mark Starkey was shocked to see a koala high up an electricity pole. Koalas usually prefer good quality habitat with plenty of their favourite food trees.
Thanks to Mark, the koala avoided serious injury. ‘I rang the energy company who temporarily disconnected the power and relocated the animal to nearby bushland’, he said.
Mark was just one of the residents in the areas of Iluka, Woombah and Ashby to receive a brochure from Council detailing ways to help koalas by protecting native bushland, containing dogs, and ways to recognise koala food trees. The brochure also asked residents to ring and report koala sightings. Mark then contacted Council with the details of the koala.
The biggest threats to koalas in our area are loss of food and shelter trees, vehicle strike and dog attacks. Even though there are 100’s of different types of Eucalypts, koalas tend to only eat one or a few species. So even a single tree in your backyard can be important to koalas and other wildlife.
There’s more information about koalas in the Clarence on our website www.clarence.nsw.gov.au (search ‘koala’).
If you’d like a copy of the brochure or if you’ve seen koalas in your area, please ring Council on 66430200.
Koala in bushland at Frazer's Reef, Iluka, in May 2016 at