September is Save the Koala Month
Aug 19, 2015
September is “Save the KOALA” month, and a great time to think about how we can help our local koalas and what we all can do to help them live safely in our region now and into the future. Gympie Koala Action Group (KAG) would really appreciate the help of local children, by way of posters, to get the message out to the community that our Koalas are struggling, and they need our help. That’s why the Government has classified them as ‘vulnerable’
This means they are likely to become endangered unless things improve for them. (and endangered means the species is at risk of extinction!)
Why are our local koalas struggling? The main reasons are habitat loss (losing their food source, trees and home,) disease, and sometimes they are killed on our roads or are killed by wild and pet dogs. Our group would love to hear young people’s ideas and messages on how we can help koalas survive the many threats to their existence.
We are therefore inviting primary age school children to take part in a poster competition. The posters will be displayed around the region to educate and inform fellow residents. If your children would like to be involved, please consult the attached flyer. This competition coincides with “Save the Koala” month and the screening of a new Australian film – “Blinky Bill – the Movie. Australian Native Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Association are screening a special fund raiser as shown on attached notice. What an enjoyable way to support our local wildlife carers – another purely voluntary organisation devoted to supporting our Native animals.
The Gympie Koala Action Group is also a voluntary not-for-profit organisation consisting of members from the local community.
Our Mission Statement
The Koala Action Group seeks to:
- ensure the conservation of the vulnerable koala and koala habitat through activities, actions and education which enhance its protection and sustainability, and that promote our community’s commitment to the preservation of our precious wildlife for future generations.
- Foster public awareness of our koalas, the pressures they face, and what we can do to protect them and ensure the long-term sustainability of this vulnerable species in our region.
Enquiries contact the MRCCC
Mary River Catchment Coordination Association Inc
PO Box 1027, Gympie, 4570
Resource Centre – 25 Stewart Terrace, Gympie
P: 07 5482 4766
M: 0408 170 102