Koala plan won?t affect region



A BAN on koala habitat clearing is not likely to have any immediate effect on the Gladstone region.

Gladstone is on the northern border of the south-eastern bio region, which is at the centre of a plan to increase koala numbers in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

However, due to the moderate number of koalas around Gladstone, the government has not identified it as an area which will be strongly targeted.

Other areas of south-eastern Queensland will have restricted zoning and development because of the plan.

Designed by the State Government, the plan will prohibit clearing of identified koala habitat areas and prevent the areas from being re-zoned for development Koala numbers are thought to have fallen from several million to as few as 100,000 in the past 100 years.

However, plans are under way to increase the number of koalas in the Gladstone region.

Manager of the Cluden Wildlife Management Centre Maggie Stanek, said there were plans to reverse the reduction in local koala numbers caused by development.

'We are planting trees to provide shelter and food for displaced koalas in the future,' she said.



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