Koala conservation planning, legislation and policy

Wednesday 20 October

On 7 February 2020, the Queensland Government introduced a new regulatory mapping framework which implemented the strongest protections for koala habitat ever seen in Queensland. Later that year, these measures were complemented by the release of the South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy. The Strategy has instilled a major shift in how koala habitat is protected, and how koala conservation initiatives are progressed in SEQ.

The regulatory arrangements and conservation strategy introduced by the Queensland Government are complemented by local planning schemes and laws, as well as koala conservation plans and programs, initiated by individual local governments. These local government initiatives strongly reflect the local context and status of koala populations.

In this session, learn more about the development of the Koala Conservation Strategy, the koala habitat clearing controls, and how partners provide support—including local government and state government measures to protect koalas and their habitat. Local governments play an important role in koala conservation and this session will include examples of some key initiatives in SEQ.