Koala Woman Says
Unusually while this electorate so close to Brisbane, there are three large patches of bush: Daisy Hill, Karawatha and the Glider Forest at Larapinta. Daisy Hill was famous for its Koalas and is still the source of most Koalas seen in neighbouring suburbs like Springwood. In fact the vast majority if Koalas in Rankin are on the Daisy Hill side of the Gold Coast Motorway but like most places in south east Queensland sightings have dropped off in the last 20 years even though there are various Koala Plans and legislation in place. They have done little to stem the tide of dramatic loss in Koala numbers. The Queensland Government has refused to release any estimates since 2010 but the decline was about 70% over the previous 14 years.
Elsewhere in Rankin there are a few Koalas on the western side of the Motorway at Slacks Creek and Meadowbrook, and a few in the Browns Plains – Berrinba area. There are no more than a dozen in the Karawatha Forest.
Member for Rankin
Will he Act or Axe?
Estimated AKF Koala Population: 150 - 300
Estimated Koala Habitat left: 26%
Estimated Federal Government Population: No data. No opinion.
Listed as vulnerable to extinction under the EPBC Act (May 2012)