Koala makes rare appearance at Wacol Bushlands

SAYING HELLO: This koala was spotted at Wacol last week.
SAYING HELLO: This koala was spotted at Wacol last week.

AUSTRALIA'S most symbolic mammal, the koala, has made a special appearance at Wacol Bushlands Reserve near Centenary Village.

While doing bushcare work at the Wacol Bushlands Reserve Frog Pond, Brett Malcolm, from the Wolston and Centenary Catchments (WaCC), noticed the young male crossing Sanananda Road near Bullockhead Creek.

"It certainly came as a surprise to see the little fellow during daylight hours," Mr Malcom said.

"He was having a drink from Bullockhead creek before he scampered up the nearest tree."

Although koalas were once common in the Wacol and Pooh Corner bushland areas, their numbers have seriously declined in recent years due to dog attacks, car strikes and loss of habitat.

"Seeing wildlife is one of the real rewards people can have if they venture outside into our local bushlands," Mr Malcom said.

"I personally think the koala was admiring all the effort being put in by Brisbane City Council (BCC) and WaCC.

"They have made a huge difference to this area which was extensively damaged by the January floods.

"Even if local residents are not involved directly, we can all do our bit to help protect koalas and other native animals by keeping domestic animals secure at night and driving safely near bushland areas."

Brisbane City Council has declared Wacol Bushlands Reserve a conservation area and have carried out extensive works to remove weeds, upgrade tracks and install safety fencing.

WaCC are currently restoring an ephemeral pond and have planted 1000 wetland plants that will improve habitat for frogs and other animals while also improving water quality.

WaCC welcomed interested people to get involved with the group to learn about water quality testing, environmental education and bushcare works.

For more information, contact the Creek Catchment Ranger on 0400 711 321 or visit on www.wacc.org.au.



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