Community stocks Koala larder

FNPW Project Focus:
Threatened Species

Project Partners
FNPW & Redland City Council

South-East Queensland

Over 140 volunteers plant over 3200 seedlings including 300 koala food source trees across 3 parklands at 5 events in 4 months thanks to the supporters of FNPW’s Plant a Tree for Me initiative.

Volunteers at work planting over 3200 seedlings

Listed as ‘vulnerable’ the Koala Coast Koala is one of Australia’s most significant koala populations. However, living in this urban environment has taken its toll.

Since 1996 Koala numbers have declined by 80% due to habitat loss and fragmentation, disease, car strikes and dog attacks. With FNPW funding an ongoing partnership between Redland City Council, the community and the Koala Bushcare Group has seen a series of community tree planting events, providing a proactive way for people to directly help Koalas and other local wildlife.

Covering 1000m2 new and 2000m2 of enhanced Koala habitat the plantings will link remnant Koala habitat areas and enlarge existing bushland areas. Redland City Council will maintain these areas with waterings and weed maintenance ensuring they grow into mature forests.

The 300 food trees are planted on fertile coastal soil so Koalas can start feeding on them in as little as 5 years. They’ll become an important additional food source.

The project’s aim is to increase and link the habitat in urban areas, with the intention of increasing survival rates of Koalas. Through these tree planting events and associated advertising, increased awareness is raised within the community providing an important role in education, engagement and in spreading the conservation message.


The enthusiasm of the volunteers enthusiasm has been instrumental in the success of the project and with ongoing support future projects like this can continue not only in Queensland but right across this great land we call home.

Preserving, increasing and connecting habitat is essential for the survival of the Redland City Council population of Koala Coast Koalas in Queensland.

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Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in community plantings and conservation projects throughout our National & Regional Parks.

FNPW have been funding and supporting koala conservation projects for many years, including:


The impact of bushfires on koalas.
Research on the movement of Koalas back into severely burnt forest.
Koala tree choice research.
Research into whether Port Macquarie is a koala genetic hotspot?
Southern Highlands koala satellite tracking and conservation.


Community tree plantings for koalas.


Otway koala habitat research.

Improving survival rates for translocation of Koalas.


The Great Koala Count citizen science project.