Review of koala conservation measures and development of a new SEQ koala conservation strategy

In July 2016, the Queensland Government appointed the Queensland Koala Expert Panel to provide recommendations on the most appropriate and realistic actions to address the decline in koala population densities in South East Queensland.

The four members of the Panel included:

  • Associate Professor Jonathon Rhodes, University of Queensland (Chair)
  • Dr Alistair Melzer,Central Queensland University’s Koala Research Centre
  • Mr Al Mucci, Director, Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation
  • Ms Antra Hood, Partner, Minter Ellison.

In their final report, ‘Queensland Koala Expert Panel: A new direction for the conservation of koalas in Queensland’, the Panel provided the Queensland Government with six recommendations and a number of supporting actions.

The Queensland Government Response to the Queensland Koala Expert Panel’s report accepted all six recommendations and supported the actions either fully or in-principle.

The response outlined the Queensland Government's next steps to implement the Panel’s recommendations, these included:

  • developing options for enhancing and strengthening existing investment in koala management and planning, to align with the Panel’s recommendations
  • appointing a Koala Advisory Council that included representatives from relevant state and local governments, community, NGOs and industry
  • developing a SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy which establishes targets for koala conservation, maps a network of priority areas for conservation efforts and details actions, and a monitoring program that measures progress against targets.