The new Koala Advisory Council has been announced.
Members of Koala Council include:
• RSPCA Queensland CEO, Mark Townend (Chair)
• University of Queensland Associate Professor and Chair of the Koala Expert Panel, Jonathan Rhodes
• General Manager of Dreamworld’s Life Sciences Division, Al Mucci
• CEO of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, Kirsty Chessher-Brown
• Director of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Rosemary Booth
• Queensland Campaign Manager with the Wilderness Society, Gemma Plesman
• Senior Advisor, Local Government Association of Queensland, Kristy Gooding
• Executive Officer, Healthy Land and Water, Julie McLellan
• CEO, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Cameron Costello
• Chief Operating Officer of MOSAIC, Marina Vit
• CEO of Timber Queensland, Mick Stephens
• Representatives from Government including Department of Environment and Science, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The establishment of this dedicated koala council was one of six recommendations of the Koala Expert Panel.
The Koala Advisory Council will hold its first meeting on 13 December and a roundtable with key stakeholders will be held early next year.
Environment Minister Leanne Enoch says the experts have a wealth of experience in animal welfare, conservation and urban planning.
“One of their first tasks will be to work with the Queensland Government to finalise a new South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy.”
The role of the Koala Advisory Council includes:
• Helping deliver the new Koala Conservation Strategy and overseeing the implementation
• Evaluating the effectiveness of the Strategy and providing advice to government
• Reviewing government’s koala monitoring and evaluation program to ensure targets are met
• Ensuring transparency and public reporting on koala programs and changes to habitat
• Establishing stakeholder networks
• Ensuring the long-term agenda for koala conservation is maintained