Council appeals for help with koala survey

Council's koala scat detection dog Taz with owner and trainer Olivia Woosnam.
Council's koala scat detection dog Taz with owner and trainer Olivia Woosnam.

NINE local properties will be surveyed in August after signing up to a koala detection program but council is hoping more will take part.


Thirteen property owners signed up to be surveyed by council's newest koala scat-detection dog, Taz, after seeing her story in the Times in July.


Five of the properties were suitable for surveying. The remaining four properties are Land for Wildlife properties, already confirmed to take part.


Council is still looking for properties owners in Undullah, Lyons, New Beith and Jimboomba to take part in the survey, which will be run over a six day period.


Taz was recruited to Logan's koala detection dog team following the success of Maya, council's first canine koala detective, last year.


She is trained by ecologist Olivia Woosnam.


Council's environment chair, Councillor Trevina Schwarz said council was looking for specific property types for the survey.


"We are looking for properties that are ideally at least three to four hectares in size and with existing native vegetation and we'll prioritise the properties to represent the whole of the search area," she said.


"We will use the data from these surveys to assist with koala conservation."


Cr Schwarz said Taz did not bark or chase wildlife or domestic pets.


She said the results would be publicly available on council's website at the end of the program.


For more information about the koala scat detection program phone 3412 4491 or email environment@logan.qld.gov.au

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