KOALA: Noosa's famous koala Allegro/Mornington at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park. Photo: Bernard Jean/Noosa Koala Sightings
KOALA: Noosa's famous koala Allegro/Mornington at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa National Park. Photo: Bernard Jean/Noosa Koala Sightings

Deadly wildlife black spot undergoes upgrade

ONE of Noosa’s deadliest Koala black spots has been given an upgrade to help keep some of our most vulnerable locals safe.

Noosa Council have installed climbing poles along Leslie Dr to help koalas navigate their way off the road and up the rock wall to the trees.

“Climbing poles are considered one of the best techniques for koalas to move off roadways,” Noosa Council communications manager Ken Furdek said.

He said original poles needed to be replaced.

“Around 15 years ago council fixed eleven hardwood timber poles at various heights to the large rock retaining wall at the intersection of Noosa Dr and Leslie Dr roundabout as it was a known koala corridor.”

“The poles had seen better days and we’ve now replaced them.”

SAFETY FIX: Koalas have fresh new climbing poles at one of Noosa's deadliest koala black spots and known koala corridor on Leslie Dr. Photo: Noosa Council
SAFETY FIX: Koalas have fresh new climbing poles at one of Noosa's deadliest koala black spots and known koala corridor on Leslie Dr. Photo: Noosa Council

Last year passionate wildlife carer Bernard Jean was left “haunted” after he attended a call to rescue a mother koala and her baby found dead still cuddling her baby near Noosa’s RACV resort.

HORRIFIC: A mother koala and her baby were found dead near RACV Resort of August 3, 2019.
HORRIFIC: A mother koala and her baby were found dead near RACV Resort of August 3, 2019.

At the time, Noosa Council pledged $14,000 to fix the climbing poles on Leslie Dr.

Mr Jean commended the new safety poles.

“A few months ago we had an evening call for a koala which crossed the road from the bush on the left towards the wall and turned back,” he said.

“We came to look for this koala but couldn’t find it.”

“Hopefully these new poles will facilitate their moving through their corridor.”

Mr Furdek has reminded all residents to be vigilant when driving.

“As always, keep an eye out for koalas when driving especially between dusk and dawn when they are more active.”