Activities and Achievements
The Queensland Koala Crusaders are proud of their achievements over a short period of time. Some of our achievements, projects and activities undertaken since since our inception include:
- Noosa Koala Habitat Rehabilitation Project – partnered with The Body Shop’s World Bio-Bridges Mission Project, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, and Noosa & District Landcare to obtain funding to plant 24,000 trees, to establish a corridor connection in the Ringtail Creek and Yurol Forest areas (June 2019). This included a community planting day.
- Established Koala Fodder Farms – partnered with Maroochydore International Montessori School and Wildlife HQ.
- Facilitated school presentations and awards at schools in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Region, National Threatened Species Day, Ignite Eumundi and raised awareness to increase funding for projects and future plans.
- Undertook Koala Rescue Training (Koala Community Awareness and Rescue Initiative - free workshops) – partnered with Morton Bay Koala Rescue Inc, Noosa Council, Wildcare Australia, and Noosa & District Landcare (2018).
- Established the Noosa Region Koala Rescue Team – active and present in the local community, educating and communicating for better outcomes.
- Continuous active rescues during emergencies (including the 2019 Peregian bushfires) when there is an urgent care situation.
- Provided support funds to related organisations, including; $15k to wildlife hospitals in SEQ and NNSW, $2k in fuel vouchers to volunteer rescuers, $500 to the Dog Detection Team for a “cool coat” for the dogs plus new longer poles.
- Sponsored the University of the Sunshine Coast’s project to develop new technology that would provide real time location and notification of koalas to reduce road hits and dog attacks ($20,000).
- Road mitigation (working to reduce the impact of roads through Koala habitat) and Koala management plan campaigns with relevant local, state and federal ministers.
- Raising awareness about domestic dog impact on koala safety.
- Voice for koalas locally (forums, campaigns, events) and nationally (media appearances)
- Bring Back the Koala Symposium (participated in the 2019 symposium hosted by the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation), along with University of the Sunshine Coast, Endeavour Vet Ecology, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Eumundi Wildlife Centre, Koala Tracker, Sunshine Coast council, Noosa Council, Wildcare, Noosa District Land Care) – the purpose of this forum was to identify on-ground actions required to support koala conservation, care and research and to close the gap between the good work already being done by various organisations in the Noosa region.