Wildlife carer works to set up koala centre at Mt Larcom

A WILDLIFE carer is working on setting up a koala rehabilitation centre near Mount Larcom.

Australian Animals Care and Education manager Tina Janssen told the ABC there was a big demand for local koala care.

"In the last eight months there have been about nine koalas that have actually gone through to Brisbane," she said.

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"A lot of people think 'oh nine is not many' but it's actually quite a big number of animals, so I think it's very important that we keep these animals in our region and that they don't disappear down south."

She said the south-east Queensland population was already fragile, which is why it was important to value local koalas.

"What we can do for them if they do come in, is they need to go back with their population, they're conditioned to the area, to the trees, and we also have certain diseases within our populations, so you don't want to be spreading that around," she said.

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