Landfill site to be koala home
A FORMER landfill site at Amamoor is in the process of being rehabilitated in the hope it can be transformed into a koala-friendly habitat.
Gympie Councillor Jan Watt said post closure work is currently being undertaken at the Kandanga Amamoor Road site, as well as research to find suitable trees, groundcovers and grasses.
Wildlife carer Paula Rowlands said it’s an area renowned for its koalas, and colonies of the district are particularly healthy. It’s also an area renowned for koala-friendly residents who take the role of wildlife custodians very seriously.
Not far from the facility, Cynthia and John Hayes have planted 1000 koala feed trees on their Land for Wildlife property.
Mr Hayes said it was very encouraging to hear the landfill site would be koala-friendly green space.
The Hayes’ operate Amamoor Lodge Bed and Breakfast, and say one of the attractions they can offer tourists is the chance to see koalas in the wild.
“It’s good the council is doing something to clean it up – this is a koala area,” Mr Hayes said.
He said koalas regularly crossed the road near the waste facility to get to a pristine pocket of scrub at the rear of their property and the rehabilitated landfill site would provide them with much needed protection.
“They live in our scrub – the males are here all year round,” Mr Hayes said. “It’s quite special really.
“We’ve had botanists here and they do cartwheels about this scrub because it’s ideal – it’s got every variety of feed tree koalas require to sustain a healthy habitat.
“Usually they have to travel a lot.”
Koala populations in South-East Queensland are at a critical stage – threatened by clearing, disease, predators and traffic.
The Australian Koala Foundation is pushing the Federal Government to have the marsupial listed as a “threatened species”.
Ms Tabart said the current status of koalas more than met the criteria required for the species to be listed as endangered. “Our figures say there are between 45,000 to 85,000 koalas left,” she said.