After identifying, tagging and ensuring the health of 45 koalas around the site, Moreton Bay Regional Council has now engaged Endeavour Veterinary Ecology (EVE) to undertake the next stage in its industry-leading koala protection program for The Mill at Moreton Bay project.
The next stage will involve tagging new koala joeys, real-time koala monitoring, and ongoing veterinary health assessments and treatments to ensure the koalas’ health throughout the project, which will deliver the region’s first full-service university precinct by 2020, supported by a mix of residential, commercial and retail opportunities.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland, said council was committed to ensuring local koala populations remained safe and healthy throughout The Mill at Moreton Bay project, and was pleased to continue its work with leading wildlife veterinary specialist, Dr Jon Hanger, and his team at EVE through the next stage of their industry-leading program.
“The Mill at Moreton Bay is an extremely exciting project for our community, expected to create up to 6,000 local jobs, up to 10,000 university student placements and $950 million in economic benefit by 2036,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“While the economic and social benefits of this project are undeniable, by working with Dr Jon Hanger and his team we can ensure we not only deliver important study and employment options for future generations, but can also help to protect our local koala populations for future generations as well,” he said.
“EVE has now completed an intensive site assessment to identify and tag 45 koalas on or near the 460 hectare Mill at Moreton Bay site, which have now all undergone comprehensive health assessments and been fitted telemetry devices.
“The next phase of EVE’s program will involve ongoing koala monitoring to help inform construction activities on the site and keep the koalas safe throughout the project, tagging and monitoring new koala joeys and ongoing veterinary health assessments and treatments.”
Environment Minister Steven Miles said that koalas were under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation, often as a result of urban development.
“Despite the scale of The Mill at Moreton Bay project, council has committed to delivering a net gain in environmental values on the site by ensuring koala populations are safe and healthy throughout construction and establishing additional koala bushland habitat with the conservation of more than 110 hectares of environmental reserves on the 460 hectare site,” Mr Miles said.
“Queenslanders want to protect native habitat. Together with council’s own koala conservation program and ongoing partnerships with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and local koala groups, this program will help ensure we support the local koala population at Petrie and throughout the region into the future,” he said.
“This is a good example of how development can occur in an environmentally responsible manner with the assistance of experts such as Endeavour, and I’d encourage developers across Queensland to take note.”
For more information on The Mill at Moreton Bay project visit: moretonbay.qld.gov.au/the-mill