The State has released koala habitat values mapping which identifies bushland habitat areas, potential rehabilitation areas and urban areas with koala habitat value. This mapping is applicable under the Planning Act 2016, (and previously applied to the South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Regulatory Provisions [Koala SPRP]). This mapping is available for download via the Queensland Spatial Catalogue. If you require further assistance please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This mapping was prepared as part of the South East Queensland Koala Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project by GHD in 2009, for the Queensland Government.
As part of the review of existing koala conservation measures in the State, the Queensland Government is undertaking the Spatial modelling and planning for koalas in South East Queensland project to identify areas where conservation measures are likely to have the most success.
Koala assessable development areas under the Planning Act 2016 (former Koala SPRP mapping)
The koala assessable development areas mapping identifies koala habitat within assessable development areas under the Planning Act 2016.
These areas apply to the priority areas of Pine Rivers and the Koala Coast (priority koala assessable development areas) and also other areas of importance.
Identified koala broad-hectare area maps (under the Planning Act 2016)
The maps below depict the seven identified koala broad-hectare areas defined under Schedule 11 of the Planning Regulation 2017 (previously identified under Schedule 3 of the Koala SPRP).
- Oxley Wedge, Brisbane City Council
- Rochedale, Brisbane City Council
- Coomera, Gold Coast City Council
- Ripley Valley, Ipswich City Council
- Kinross Road, Redland City Council
- South East Thornlands, Redland City Council
- Palmview, Sunshine Coast Regional Council
South East Queensland Koala Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project
The South East Queensland Koala Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project, completed in May 2009, was undertaken by GHD on behalf of the Queensland Government. The koala habitat values mapping has informed the development of the statutory maps for land use planning purposes. This mapping has also set requirements under the Queensland Environmental Offsets Policy and State Government Supported Infrastructure Policy.
For more information refer to the department’s online library catalogue and search for
- GHD Report: South East Queensland Koala Habitat Assessment and Mapping Project.
- 2009 South East Queensland Koala Habitat Values Assessment map.
Spatial modelling and planning for koalas in South East Queensland
A recent report on the status of koalas in coastal South East Queensland (SEQ) found that despite existing protection strategies, koala numbers have decreased by 50–80% in key habitat areas over the last 20 years (Rhodes et al. 2015). Given the uncertainty in our ability to halt declines in coastal areas, a new approach will investigate koala habitat areas across the broader SEQ region, and attempt to identify areas where conservation measures are likely to have the most success.
The project builds on approaches used in previous koala mapping and aims to identify conservation values and management options that enhance the long term viability of koalas within southern SEQ.