Koala Advisory Council

The Queensland Government appointed the Koala Advisory Council to work collaboratively in developing the draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-2024.

The formation of the Council was one of the recommendations of the Koala Expert Panel.

The role of the Koala Advisory Council includes:

  • helping deliver the new Koala Conservation Strategy and overseeing its implementation
  • evaluating the effectiveness of the Strategy and providing advice to government
  • reviewing the government's koala monitoring and evaluation program to ensure targets are met
  • ensuring transparency and public reporting on koala programs and changes to habitat
  • establishing stakeholder networks
  • ensuring the long-term agenda for koala conservation is maintained.

Members of the Council include:

  • Mr Mark Townend, CEO Spinal Life Australia and former CEO, RSPCA (Chair)
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes, University of Queensland, and Chair of the former Koala Expert Panel
  • Mr Al Mucci, University of Queensland, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Ms Kirsty Chessher-Brown, CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland
  • Dr Ludo Valenza, Director, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
  • Ms Julie McLellan, Executive Officer, Healthy Land and Water
  • Mr Cameron Costello, Costello Consulting
  • Ms Marina Vit, Chief Operating Officer, MOSAIC Property Group
  • Mr Mick Stephens, CEO, Timber Queensland
  • Representatives from Queensland Government agencies, including the Department of Environment and Science; Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Industry and Planning; Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships; and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Meeting minutes

Endorsed meeting minutes from the Koala Advisory Council.


The Koala Advisory Council prepares a Communique after each meeting.