Our AGM is this coming Saturday, 2nd December at 10am at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs Qld 4556 Bldg E
It is coming to the end of 2017 and Queensland Koala Crusaders Inc. have had a very busy year! Our perseverance has paid off and we have quite a few interesting and exciting projects for 2018. Our membership count is currently at 68 people and we would like to grow this base and encourage active memberships to be increased to 100 in the coming year. If you know someone that would like to get involved, perhaps consider a “gift” membership or encourage them to join us and get active in helping koalas! We will be having volunteer planting days, koala walks and activities for all ages in 2018.
In October we were notified that our application for Designated Gift Recipient Tax status (DGR), was accepted and we are currently seeking donations from philanthropists, Corporate Bodies and Individuals to help grow our financial base in order to purchase land for Sanctuary in the coming years as well as continue to support other efforts to help our dwindling koala populations in Southeast Queensland (SEQ). We are grateful and look forward to the opportunities this will provide for koalas!
Our fundraising efforts over the past year have provided us with a base for tree planting and we have applied for funding to contribute to the Noosa Land Acquisition Project in collaboration with State and Local Government as well as other local Conservation organisations. If this project is approved, we will build a “BioBridge” to re-establish koala habitat to be preserved as National Park for generations to come.
Our current koala food tree plantation is growing thanks to the support and efforts of Noosa District Landcare Group and Wildlife HQ. It will be a few years before these are ready for koala browse, but carers will receive the benefits of these trees in years to come.
We have also just received news that our Noosa Council Grant for Rescue and Rehabilitation workshops has been accepted and we will be providing education to the local community and members to coordinate koala rescue training in the Noosa Shire. We have received some donated Rescue Equipment from Wildcare and will be purchasing further equipment to facilitate these efforts in collaboration with Moreton Bay Koala Rescue, Koala Action Inc., RSPCA Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Koalatracker and Endeavour Veterinary Ecology.
We are very grateful to Noosa Council for this successful Grant Project.
Thank you to all groups and individuals who participated in our fundraising and awareness building in the past year. We couldn’t have done it without you. May 2018 be a part of history that reverses the trend for koalas in Queensland.