Nearly half of Coomera koalas die after Gold Coast relocation

From By Tom Forbes and Chris O’Brien
The Queensland Government is reviewing its koala “translocation” policy after more than 40 per cent of animals removed from the booming northern Gold Coast suburb of Coomera died within five years.

The koalas were moved about 40 kilometres from their habitat and into the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said in a statement that they fared better than the population that remained in Coomera.

“The 180 koalas that were translocated from the East Coomera site between 2009-2014 had a better survival rate compared to those that remained at the site,” she said.

“Over the five years, koala losses due to disease, predation or road trauma totalled 50 per cent for the resident group that remained at East Coomera, compared to only 42 per cent for the relocation group.”

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