How a koala could derail your property development plans

Adam Smith 1 July 2016

koalaLooking to build in south-east Queensland? The noble koala could spell trouble.

The Queensland Government is being urged to consider development restrictions to help save the urban koala population in the state’s south-east, the ABC has reported. Scientists and conservationists will meet at a workshop next week to discuss the decline in the region’s koala population.

“We need to learn to live with them, not without them, but we’re heading for a world without koalas in the wild, and what a shame that would be,” Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation director Al Mucci told the ABC.

An ABC report earlier this year found more than 80% of the Koala Coast’s koala population had disappeared since 1996.

Mucci said the Queensland Government should consider a range of measures, including dog bans and new development restrictions. Mucci argued that even diminished koala populations deserved protection.

“I think fragmented koala populations have a place. Why can’t we make sure people who are living in that urban landscape respect the animals that live in that environment?” Mucci said.

So while property plans may be curtailed and you may no longer find the vacant lot of your dreams, you can rest easy knowing the housing market could become a lot friendlier for koalas.

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