Noosa Council – Koala Infrastructure Audit and Feasibility Project
Client: Noosa Council
Conservation planning for koalas and the habitat they depend upon are important considerations for improving planning and management practises to ensure the long-term conservation of koalas. Premise Environment, formerly known as O2 Ecology, partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) to provide Noosa Council with a thorough understanding of existing koala infrastructure and recommendations for future infrastructure within the Noosa Council Local Government Area. The project included:
- A field audit of existing koala infrastructure;
- Koala scat surveys with USC’s koala scat detection dog, Maya;
- A literature review focussing on mitigation measures for wildlife-vehicle strikes and the barrier effect of roads, their efficacy and application to koala conservation; and
- Identification of areas for additional koala infrastructure through GIS analysis.