Mayor Williams Will Deliver A Koala Sanctuary Through Strong Partnerships

A re-elected Redland City Mayor Karen Williams will work with government and wildlife agencies to deliver a koala sanctuary in the Redlands.

Karen Williams, Redland City Mayor

Mayor Karen Williams said she had been speaking with Sirromet winery and koala experts for more than 12 months on a project that would see the Redlands become a place of refuge for sick or injured koalas that were ready for release.

“This project is all about providing somewhere for koalas that have been rehabilitated and need a safe and secure place to be released,” Cr Williams said.

“It is not a koala hospital but rather a sanctuary where people koalas will be able to integrate back into the wild.”

Cr Williams said she had been in talks with Sirromet for some time about the project, with appropriate land identified near the winery and partnerships in development with wildlife agencies.

“We know koalas are doing it tough in South East Queensland and this facility is about supporting our koala population, as well as potentially giving local volunteers a chance to care for koalas,” Cr Williams.

“The concept of this project is for a parcel of natural bushland to be transferred to Council and an enclosure built to keep koalas safe, while also giving them plenty of room to move and food to eat.

“We would engage with local wildlife carers to plant fauna forests and care for the koalas, while also working with wildlife organisations to study the koalas to support the broader South East Queensland koala population.

“So far we have spoken with a number of wildlife organisations licensed to care for koalas and there is a great deal of excitement about the project and what it could deliver for the Redlands.”

Cr Williams said if re-elected she would move quickly to work with the State and Federal Government to secure funding for the project.

“I have already met with the Federal Minister onsite and identified Federal funding for the project, the next step is to work with the State Government to see how such a facility could support their broader koala strategy and identify potential funding,” Mayor Williams said.

“We aren’t there yet, but an important partnership has been formed which provides the foundations for what could be an exciting project.”