Program to protect koala population

Councillors David Pahlke, David Morrison and Mayor Paul Pisasale with Ipswich Koala Protection Society’s Maureen Hall and Ruth Lewis.

A LANDMARK program between Ipswich City Council and property owners is the latest step in protecting the region’s koala population.

Council has signed a Koala Conservation Agreement at the Mt Forbes headquarters of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society (IKPS).

Under the partnership council will support IKPS property owner Ruth Lewis with a range of measures such as free tree allocations, weed control rebates and fencing installation funding.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said targeted incentives would allow property owners like Ruth to engage with council to improve koala habitats on private land.”

Councillor David Morrison said 28 per cent of Ipswich was protected green space and property owners with land with a koala habitat or the potential to restore habitat on their land are eligible for the program.

For more information or to see if your property is eligible for the agreement phone 3810 666.